UNH, which went undefeated in league play (20-0-1) to earn the tourney’s top seed, extended its winning streak to 11 games and unbeaten streak to 17 (16-0-1) to improve to 31-3-1. The Wildcats, winners of the last two league tournament titles, will be making their fifth championship game appearance Sunday () against
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The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with Long’s 4-on-4 goal at . On a right-side faceoff in the neutral zone just outside BU’s defensive zone,
Herman faced only five first-period shots but was challenged on those BU scoring opportunities. In the 13th minute, Jonnie Bloemers charged the net and was denied at the right post off a feed from behind the net. With 90 seconds remaining in the opening stanza and the Terriers on the power play, BU’s Lauren Cherewyk gained the puck off a faceoff and fired a shot from the right circle that Herman denied with her glove.
BU called time out at that point and moments later a UNH turnover led to a rush by Gina Kearns, whose shot from the right circle was snared by Herman’s glove.
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UNH was whistled for a penalty at 14:55 and 15:11 to give the Terriers a two-skater advantage for 1 minute, 45 seconds, but Herman turned aside Cherewyk at the right post and then again on a screened shot from the high slot. The Wildcats’ penalty kill unit – a perfect 7-for-7 in the game – effectively kept the Terriers on the perimeter the rest of the power-play opportunity and UNH scored 27 seconds later to extend its advantage to 5-0.
Faber corralled the puck along the dashers in the defensive zone and, with a pair of BU defensemen backing off to cover Faber’s passing angle, skated across the ice in the neutral zone to cross the blue line at the left point unmarked. Faber then sliced to the slot and tucked a close-range shot between Wilcox’s legpads at to create the five-goal differential.
Long netted her second goal of the game 35 seconds later (at ) when she scored off Birchard’s centering pass; Bellamy was also credited with an assist.
Faber scored her 24th goal of the season on a shorthanded rush at of the third period when she split a pair of defenders in the neutral zone to break in alone on Haber and beat her after stickhandling down the slot.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak vs. Hockey East teams, including postseason, to 41 games (38-0-3). The Wildcats have won five straight games in the Hockey East tournament and are 7-3 in the tourney with five wins by shutout.
The 31 victories ties the 2006 season on the program’s list of single-season superlatives; the 1998 Wildcats tallied 33 wins.