UNH completed the home-and-home series sweep of BC – the Wildcats were 4-2 victors Thursday night – to extend its season-best winning streak to six games and improve to 15-5-5 overall. The ‘Cats also gained sole possession of first place in the Hockey East standings with a
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BC starting goalie Molly Schaus (six saves) exited the game after the first period with the Eagles trailing 4-1. Kiera Kingston stopped 14 of 15 shots in the final 40 minutes.
The ‘Cats built a 3-0 lead and took a 4-1 advantage into the first intermission. Paton scored the first of her two first-period goals at when Faber gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone and sent a pass ahead to Paton, whose high wrister from the slot beat Schaus to the glove side.
In the 12th minute, a Courtney Birchard (
Joyce’s power-play goal at gave UNH a 2-0 lead. Schaus stopped the initial shot from the high slot by Dziengelewski, but Long corralled the puck in the low slot and pushed it to Joyce for the goal.
Paton, off a pass from Long, extended the advantage to 3-0 . BC pulled within two goals at on Meghan Fardelmann’s strike, but UNH reestablished a three-goal cushion 27 seconds later when Long, off a pass from Bellamy, scored from close range.
Following a scoreless second stanza, BC had a pair of dangerous scoring chances foiled by Minton early in the final frame. A UNH turnover deep in the defensive zone gave Colleen Harris possession of the puck at the left post, but Minton stopped the shot from point-blank range. Moments later, Allie Thunstrom had a rush down the left wing and had a shot turned aside by Minton’s leg pads.
The Eagles trimmed the deficit to 4-2 at off a flurry of shots. Minton stopped Katelyn Kurth’s initial shot from the right doorstep as well as Lauren Wiedmeier’s shot from the top of the crease, but Danielle Welch scored from the scrum in front of the cage.
Paton completed the scoring and her hat trick with a shorthanded goal at . Faber patiently held the puck in the defensive zone and lofted a backhander into the neutral zone. Paton skated to open ice for the breakaway opportunity, charged down the slot and placed a shot between