No. 4 UNH Women's Hockey Falls To No. 1 Harvard, 7-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The top-ranked Harvard University women's ice hockey team scored three goals in both the first and second period en route to Friday night's 7-1 victory against No. 4 University of New Hampshire at the Bright Hockey Center.

UNH's nation-best seven game unbeaten streak came to an end and the Wildcats now have a 14-2-1 overall record. Harvard extended its winning streak to seven game to improve to 10-1-0.

Harvard goaltender Jessica Ruddock stopped two shots while UNH counterpart Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), who faced a number of odd-skater Crimson attacks, was credited with a season-high 43 saves.

The Crimson scored three first-period goals to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Kat Sweet's power-play goal at 8:58 opened the scoring. Ashley Banfield extended the advantage to 2-0 at 17:39 when Jennifer Botterill found her alone in front of the net, then Tracy Catlin scored with 33 seconds remaining in the stanza.

Sweet netted her second power-play goal of the game at 5:48 of the middle stanza, then Botterill (12:48) and Julie Chu (15:08) extended Harvard's advantage to 6-0 before the end of the second period.

One of UNH's best scoring chances through the first two periods was provided by Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) midway through the second stanza when her shot from the top of the left faceoff circle eluded Ruddock but caromed off the right post.

Angela Ruggiero increased the Crimson lead to 7-0 at 9:34 of the final frame.

Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored UNH's lone goal of the game from the slot with 7:06 remaining in the game. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) and Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) were credited with the assists.

New Hampshire concludes the 2002 calendar year with a Dec. 15 game at Dartmouth College. The game, which will be heard on the UNH Sports Network, begins at 2 p.m.

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