No. 9 UNH women's hockey routs Quinnipiac, 10-0

NORTHFORD, Conn. - Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored three goals, including the game-winning tally, and assisted on another to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 10-0 victory against Quinnipiac University at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

UNH improved to 5-0-0 for the first time since 1997-98, when the Wildcats won the national championship. Quinnipiac, which was outscored 27-0 in three games vs. the 'Cats last season and lost to New Hampshire 5-3 on Friday, is now 0-2-0.

Seven Wildcats put the puck in the net and a total of 11 skaters recorded a point as UNH scored 10 goals in a game for the first time since its 10-0 win vs. Quinnipiac last year (Nov. 3).

Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.; eight saves) recorded her third shutout of the season and 15th of her career to move into second place on the program's career leaderboard. She will match Cathy Narsiff's benchmark of 16 with one more. The victory was the 53rd of Huggon's career, a total that is No. 2 in UNH history to Alicia Roberts' 76.

QU goaltender Catherine Lapare made five saves and allowed three goals when she exited 5:17 into the game. Mel Courtemanche played the final 54:43 and was credited with 41 saves.

Jones, who matched her career highs in both goals and points, scored an unassisted tally to give UNH a 1-0 lead at 2:09 of the first period. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.; goal, assist) scored 59 seconds later and Allison Edgar (Bridgen, Ont.) gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at 5:17.

Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.; goal, assist) scored midway through the opening stanza and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.; two goals) struck at 16:33 to give the visitors a 5-0 lead at the first intermission.

Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.; goal, two assists) scored the only goal of the second period at 13:38. Jones netted third-period goals with 31 seconds elapsed and at 3:13, then Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) scored at 15:32 and Hansen's second goal of the game capped the scoring two minutes later.

Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) matched her career high of three assists. Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.) recorded a career-high two assists and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) also had a pair of helpers.

New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 2 for its Women's Hockey East conference opener against Maine. The game, which will be broadcast live from the Whittemore Center by NHPTV, begins at 2 p.m.

 

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