DURHAM, N.H. - Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored the game-winning goal and also recorded an assist to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH (9-7-3 overall) moved into a first-place tie with Maine at nine points by improving to 4-0-1 in Hockey East. The Black Bears, who had not played since Dec. 13, are now 4-2-1 in the league and 7-8-3 overall.
UNH took a 1-0 lead at 13:36 of the first period when the initial shot by Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) was turned aside, but Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) gathered the rebound and scored a wraparound goal at the right post.
The Wildcats held that one-goal lead at the first intermission and extended the advantage to 3-0 in the second period. Jones netted what proved to be the game-winning goal at 6:29 when she corralled the puck in the right corner, skated to the right post and jammed the puck into the net. A power-play goal by Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) from the left circle gave the 'Cats a 3-0 lead at 11:19. Paul registered her second assist of the night by making the pass to Edgar from the slot.
Maine trimmed the deficit to 3-1 at 16:51 of the middle stanza when Tristan Desmet's shot from between the circles trickled between the legs of UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), who recorded 10 of her 20 saves in the first period. Laura Maddin was credited with an assist on the play.
UNH reestablished a three-goal advantage, 4-1, when Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) scored from a scrum in front of the net at 9:19 of the final frame. Jones and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) set up the tally.
Maine goalie Lara Smart recorded double-digit saves each period and finished with 33.
New Hampshire and Maine conclude the two-game weekend series Jan. 17 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.