DURHAM, N.H. - Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) broke a scoreless tie at 10:25 of the third period and Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded 15 saves to lead ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire to Sunday afternoon's 1-0 Women's Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for Huggon - the Women's Hockey East Goaltender of the Month in October - who tied UNH's record of 16 career shutouts that was set by Cathy Narsiff (1984-87).
Gordon gave the Wildcats, who improved to 7-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference, a 1-0 lead midway through the third period. Maine goalie Lara Smart stopped the initial shot by Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.). The rebound deflected off Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) to Gordon, who slid the puck past Smart (24 saves) into the net.
Maine's Tristan Desmet nearly tied the game when her shot from the left circle sailed over Huggon's shoulder and caromed off the left post.
The Black Bears, 2-2-0, 0-2-0 WHE, pulled Smart with 19 seconds remaining, but shortly thereafter Thomas lofted the puck out of UNH's defensive zone along the right dasher. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) tracked down the puck at the other end of the ice and skated behind the net to end the game.
Through two scoreless periods, Maine held a 14-13 edge in shots. UNH controlled play in the final frame with a 12-1 shot advantage.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 9 at St. Lawrence University. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) vs. Princeton University.