CANTON, N.Y. -- Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) recorded a season-high three assists but it wasn't enough to help the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team overcome a three-goal deficit and the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season, 5-3, to seventh-ranked St. Lawrence University at Appleton Arena on Sunday afternoon.
UNH, which carried an eight-game unbeaten streak into the game, is now 7-1-1. SLU improved to 7-1-2.
The Saints led 1-0 at the first intermission on a Whitney Carbone goal at 13:24, then Rebecca Russell and Crystal Connors scored 56 seconds apart -- at 6:32 and 7:28, respectively -- to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.
Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) netted a power-play goal on a shot from the point at 9:58 to trim UNH's deficit to 3-1.
SLU extended its second-period lead to 5-1, however, on tallies by Abbie Bullard at 16:14 and Emilie Berlinguette at 18:48.
Craig's second strike of the game at 7:29 of the third period lifted the 'Cats within 5-2 and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored UNH's second power-play goal of the game to make the score 5-3 at 17:03. Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) was credited with an assist on both third-period goals.
UNH pulled goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) in favor of an extra skater with 38 seconds remaining, but was unable to keep pressure in the offensive end and had to reinsert her for the final 17 seconds. Busa originally entered the game at the start of the third period and did not allow a goal on seven saves. UNH starting goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped 12 of 17 shots in 40 minutes.
SLU goalie Meaghan Guckian was credited with 23 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Nov. 20 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.