DURHAM, N.H. - Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) scored goals two minutes apart to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 5-1 Women's Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 6-0-0 overall and Maine fell to 2-1-0 in the first Women's Hockey East league game for both teams.
With the Wildcats leading 2-1 midway through the second period, Butt's centering pass eluded Maine goalie Dawn Froats and MacMaster redirected the puck into the open net at 14:30. The duo reversed roles on the next shift as MacMaster fed a centering pass from the left circle to Butt, who redirected the puck into the open net at 16:50. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) was also credited with an assist on Butt's goal.
Vicki Davis (Edmonton, Alb.) recorded her first career point with a goal at 13:43 of the final frame to increase UNH's lead to 5-1. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) and Nicole Stefanilo(Sanford, Maine) set up the tally.
UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) registered 16 saves, 11 of which came in the first period. In the third period, Maine was limited to two shot attempts, both of which were off target. Froats finished with 26 saves.
Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:30 of the first period. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) and Edgar were credited with assists.
Maine tied the game at 16:43 on a Nicole Munro tally at 16:43. UNH regained the lead 28 seconds later when Edgar, with the assistance of Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), scored from close range.
UNH and Maine conclude the two-game series Nov. 3 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.