October 16, 2010

O'NEILL'S THREE POINTS SPARKS WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY PAST UNION, 4-1

 

LINDSEY MINTON

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) recorded three points with a goal and two assists to lift the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 4-1 non-conference victory against Union College at Messa Rink.

UNH won for the second time in as many days – the Wildcats defeated RPI, 4-3, on Friday night – to improve to 3-2-0. Union is 1-3-0.

The two goals and three points marked career highs for O'Neill. Hannah Armstrong (Aurora, Ontario) also tallied a personal best of two points with one goal and one assist. Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) was credited with 19 saves and her first career point with an assist.

New Hampshire generated a 21-2 shot advantage in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) at 8:25. Emma Clark (East Barre, Vt.) was credited with an assist to mark her first point as a Wildcat and her first career assist overall.

O'Neill, with the assistance of Armstrong and Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.), scored just 13 seconds into the middle stanza to extend the advantage to 2-0. Armstrong netted a power-play goal at 6:44 to give the 'Cats a three-goal lead. O'Neill and Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) set up the tally.

Union spoiled Minton's shutout bid with 2:22 remaining on Emilie Arsenault's goal, which was set up by Chelsey Heinhuis and Kelly Alyea.

O'Neill scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net with one second remaining in regulation to close the scoring. Minton assisted on the play.

UNH finished the game with a season-high 41 shots, and the Wildcats went 1-for-6 on the power play and 9 of 9 on the penalty kill to remain perfect at 30 of 30 for the season.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 22 (7 p.m.) for their home opener against Clarkson University. Tickets are available at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or going online to www.unhwildcats.com.

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