BOSTON -- Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) broke the school record with her 17th career shutout by recording 21 saves to lead No. 7 University of New Hampshire to Thursday night's 1-0 Women's Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at Matthews Arena.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 10-1-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the conference, while NU is now 3-6-1, 1-2-1. Huggon, who now has five shutouts this season, broke the previous benchmark of 16 career shutouts held by Cathy Narsiff (1984-87).
Huggon's biggest save came with four minutes remaining in regulation. NU's Brooke White stole the puck at the UNH blue line and broke in alone on Huggon from the left point. She shifted to the slot and attempted to shoot the puck between Huggon's leg pads but was denied on a stick save.
NU pulled goalie Chanda Gunn (21 saves) for the final 40 seconds and Huggon made a pair of saves in the closing seconds to preserve the victory.
The line combination of Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), Vicki Davis (Edmonton, Alb.) and Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.), which produced four goals and four assists in UNH's 7-3 victory on Sunday, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 2:42 of the first period. The scoring sequence began when the initial shot from the left point by Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) was deflected to Kaip in the slot. Her shot was stopped by Gunn, but Davis collected the rebound in front of the net and scored.
Minutes later, Huggon preserved the one-goal lead when she stopped Cyndy Kenyon on a partial breakaway when she smothered a low shot.
The teams skated to a scoreless middle stanza in which UNH's best opportunity came in the opening minutes as Kaip feathered a pass across to Hansen, whose one-timer was stopped and eventually covered by Gunn. Huggon's biggest test came in the sixth minute. Pamela Pachal corralled a loose puck in the low slot but Huggon snared the shot with her glove.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 30 for a home game against Niagara University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.