, Vt.Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) scored two unassisted goals to lift the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-1 victory against the University of Vermont in Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

UNH, which has won all 20 games in the series vs. UVM, won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 16-5-5 overall and 11-2-3 in Hockey East to remain atop the league standings. Vermont is now 5-23-1, 3-13-0.

New Hampshire goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) recorded 16 saves and UVM counterpart Caitlin Whitlock stopped 28 shots.

The Catamounts were whistled for a major penalty at 3:17 of the first period, but Whitlock turned aside all five shots she faced in that five-minute span to keep the game scoreless.

Wakefield gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 13:00 of the opening stanza and the visitors took that one-goal lead, as well as an 8-4 shot advantage, into the first intermission.

Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.), with the assistance of Maggie Joyce (Hudson, Ohio) and Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.), potted her 10th goal of the season to give New Hampshire a 2-0 advantage at 12:34 of the second period.

The Catamounts struck with 40 seconds remaining in the second stanza when Celeste Doucet snuck behind the UNH defense and roofed a backhander into the net from close range. Sarah Smiddy and Erin Barley-Maloney set up the tally.

With the Wildcats still holding a 2-1 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game, Herman turned aside Peggy Wakeham and then foiled Smiddy to preserve UNH’s one-goal advantage.

Wakefield stole the puck behind the net and scored her third shorthanded goal of the season on a wraparound at 15:21 to extend New Hampshire’s lead to 3-1. She has 25 goals in 24 games this season.

UNH outshot UVM 5-0 the rest of the way to secure the victory.

New Hampshire and Vermont conclude the weekend series Feb. 8 (2 p.m.) at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) against Providence College.


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