No. 7 UNH women's hockey edges Boston College, 2-1

DURHAM, N.H. - Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) recorded a goal and an assist and Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) had two assists to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 Hockey East victory against Boston College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH increased the nation's longest winning streak to nine games (8-0-1) with its sixth consecutive victory to improve to 21-8-4 overall and 16-1-2 in Hockey East. BC, now 0-28-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, fell to 6-20-3, 1-16-1.

BC, which remained close throughout behind Lisa Davis' 34-save performance, took a 1-0 lead at 8:26 of the first period when Kaitlin McGrath , standing in front of the net, lifted the puck high into the air and it sailed over UNH goalie Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) into the net.

The Wildcats trailed by that one-goal margin at the first intermission before Jones netted a power-play goal at 3:28 of the middle stanza. She received a return pass from Goulet in the left circle and wristed a low shot through a screen into the net.

Despite UNH's 17-4 shot advantage in the second period - and 26-10 through 40 minutes - UNH and BC were tied 1-1 at the start of the third period. The Wildcats broke that tie when Jones charged through the right circle and fired a shot that was stopped by Davis. The puck trickled loose, however, and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored into an open net at 1:10.

Grahn, in her first action since Nov. 25 at Brown, finished with 13 saves to earn her fourth career victory.

Prior to the game, UNH honored its seven-member Class of 2004, which included Goulet. Also playing in their final home game were Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.), Allison Edgar (Petrolia, Ontario), Carolyn Gordon (Brigden, Ontario), Alexis Silvestri (Smithfield, R.I.), Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.).

New Hampshire concludes the regular season March 13 (2 p.m.) at Northeastern University. The Wildcats have earned the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East Championships, which will be held March 20-21 at Northeastern's Matthews Arena.

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