UNH extended its winning streak to 10 games and unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1) to become the first team to complete the Hockey East season unbeaten at 20-0-1 (the Wildcats had one-loss seasons in ’04, ’06 and ’07). UNH -- which also has unbeaten streaks of nine games (9-0-0) on the road, 40 games in Hockey East (37-0-3 including postseason) and 10 games (9-0-1) vs. UConn – enters the postseason at 30-3-1. The Huskies are now 22-7-5 and 13-5-3 in the league.
In addition to the aforementioned Wildcats, Jennifer Hitchcock (
UConn starting goalie Brittany Wilson was charged with the loss. She exited the game with 12 saves and the Huskies trailing 4-0 at 3:41 of the second period. Jennie Bellonio went the rest of the way and stopped 22 shots.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission with a goal early and late in the opening stanza. Craig netted her second goal in as many days when she redirected the shot by Martine Garland (
In the eighth minute, UConn’s Michelle Binning rushed down the left wing and, after drawing the defense to her, centered the puck to an unmarked Jaclyn Hawkins cutting down the slot. Herman slid to the top of the crease to make the save.
Bellamy, also with her second goal in as many days, extended UNH’s lead to 2-0 at 17:49 when her fluttering shot from the right point eluded
In the closing minute of the first, a UNH turnover in its defensive zone led to Amy Hollstein’s point-blank shot that Herman enveloped. Herman again stood strong in the opening seconds of the second stanza, as she held the right post to deny Dominique Thibault’s initial shot and another off the rebound.
Thibault struck at 15:20 to pull the Huskies within 4-1. She gained possession in the defensive end and navigated her way through UNH’s defense in the neutral zone and, while fending off a Wildcat, wristed a shot from the slot into the net.
Hitchcock’s power-play goal at 13:40 extended the Wildcats’ advantage to 5-1 and Long scored with 51 seconds remaining to close the scoring. Bellamy initiated the scoring sequence on the fifth goal with a pass through the neutral zone along the right boards to
Wright-Ward extended her point-scoring streak to 14 games and Hitchcock, who netted her national-leading 14th power-play goal, now has a 10-game point streak.
Following the weekend sweep of UConn, UNH has an 11-2-0 record against nationally-ranked teams that includes 5-2-0 on the road. The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 50-20 in those 13 games. Herman compiled an 11-1-0 record with a 1.42 GAA and .927 save percentage in 12 games vs. nationally-ranked teams.
In UNH’s three-game season-series sweep of UConn, the Wildcats outscored the Huskies 19-3 and recorded a 126-41 shot advantage.
UNH is the top seed of the 6th annual Hockey East Championship Tournament and will play fourth-seeded