No. 7 UNH women’s hockey upended by No. 3 Harvard, 4-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Angela Ruggiero and Lauren McAuliffe both recorded a goal and an assist to lead the third-ranked Harvard University women’s ice hockey team to Tuesday night’s 4-0 non-conference victory against No. 7 University of New Hampshire at the Bright Center.

UNH is now 7-5-2 overall (3-0-1 Hockey East) while Harvard, which has won 12 consecutive games vs. the Wildcats, extended its season-opening winning streak to 11 games.

The Crimson built a 2-0 lead on late first-period tallies by McAuliffe at 13:16 and Julie Chu at 18:57. McAuliffe scored by lifting the puck under the crossbar after UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) denied Angela Ruggiero’s initial shot from the low slot. Chu extended the lead to two goals when she redirected Jaclyn Pitushka’s shot from the left point.

Harvard netted the only goal of the middle stanza to build a 3-0 lead. Ruggiero scored on the power play with a shot from the right point at 13:00.

Katie Johnston gave the Crimson a 4-0 lead at 14:12 of the third period when she lifted a shot off a rebound from the right doorstep into the upper-left corner.

Harvard’s Ali Boe stopped six shots to record her fifth shutout of the season. Bourdon made 24 saves for UNH.

Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) had two of UNH’s top scoring chances midway through the final frame when her shot from in front deflected off Boe and trickled wide of the left post. Moments later, the puck trickled in front and Jones was denied on the right doorstep.

New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 12 at home vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College for its final game of the 2003 calendar year. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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