DURHAM, N.H. -- Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) recorded her first career hat trick to propel the No. 6 University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-2 victory against Niagara University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak of six games (5-0-1), improved to 12-1-1 overall. Niagara is now 7-7-0.
With UNH leading 3-1 in the second period, Butt extended the advantage to 4-1 with a goal from the front of the net at 15:05. She gave the Wildcats a 5-1 lead 1:16 into the final frame when her shot from the left corner snuck inside the far post and completed her hat trick with a breakaway tally at 10:36.
New Hampshire goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 18 saves. Niagara starting goalie Breanne Doyle stopped 18 shots before exiting the game following Butt's second goal. Jennifer Mascaro played the final 18:44 of the game and was credited with four saves.
Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), who scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 7-4 victory against Niagara, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 9:57 of the first period when she skated from behind the net and scored from the left doorstep. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.; goal, two assists) set up the tally.
The Wildcats carried that one-goal advantage into the first intermission and took a 2-0 lead 26 seconds into the second period when MacMaster scored on her own rebound at the top of the crease. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) was credited with an assist.
Niagara trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on a Valerie Hall power-play goal at 10:14 but UNH's Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) scored a power-play goal 1:32 later to reestablish a two-goal lead, 3-1. The scoring sequence began with a shot by Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) from the left point that was stopped by MacMaster in the low slot. Edgar then pushed the loose puck into the net.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 7 with a home game against the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.