Jones nets game-tying goal in third period
CANTON, N.Y. -- Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) evened the score, 2-2, in the third period and it proved to be the game-tying goal between the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire and seventh-ranked St. Lawrence University in women's ice hockey action at Appleton Arena.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak to eight games and is 7-0-1 this season. It is the Wildcats' longest unbeaten streak at the start of a season since the 1985-86 team won the first nine games of the year. St. Lawrence is now 6-1-2.
Sabrina Harbec gave the Saints a 1-0 lead at 17:28 of the first period when she scored off a rebound. Chelsea Grills, who recorded the initial shot, and Tracy Muzerall set up the tally.
SLU took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) tied the score, 1-1, on the power play at 4:49 when she redirected a shot by Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) into the net. It was her first goal as a Wildcat and Jones was also credited with an assist.
Christin Powers put the Saints back in front, 2-1, midway through the second period with a breakaway goal.
The Wildcats recorded a 14-7 shot advantage in the second period -- 37-31 overall -- but did not pull even until Jones' game-tying goal at 8:01 of the third period when she scored on her own rebound. Hekle and Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) received assists.
UNH's Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) had the best opportunity by either team to break the tie in regulation but she was denied on a breakaway.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 29 saves, including two in the five-minute overtime session. SLU counterpart Jess Moffat stopped 35 shots, three in OT.
New Hampshire and St. Lawrence conclude the two-game series Nov. 14 (2 p.m.) at Appleton Arena. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 20 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.