DURHAM, N.H. – Junior netminder Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) stopped 18 shots, but the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team dropped Saturday afternoon's game, 1-0, to the University of Connecticut in Hockey East action at Whittemore Center. UNH falls to 8-4-0, 2-2-0 WHE, while UConn improves to 3-7-1, 2-2-1 WHE.
Connecticut netminder Alexandra Garcia turned aside 32 shots, including double-figures saves in all three frames. She improves to 3-6-1 on the season, while Minton moves to 6-3-0 overall.
While the Wildcats controlled play for much of the first period, it was the Huskies breaking the deadlock with a power play goal at 17:27 of the frame. Kelly Horan collected a Jennifer Chaisson pass from the right point and fired a wristed from the left slot that went top shelf above Minton's left shoulder for the eventual game-winner. Taylor Gross also assisted on the game's lone goal. New Hampshire held a 10-7 shot advantage in the frame, despite UConn having four power play opportunities.
The final two periods were scoreless with New Hampshire getting the better of chances with a 10-7 shot edge in the second and a decisive 12-5 edge in the third, but could not crack the scoreboard. UNH's best opportunity to find the equalizer came when skating 6-4 with a power play and an empty-net in the waning minutes.
Overall, the 'Cats were 0-3 on the power play, while UConn was 1-5 in its extra-skater opportunities.
UNH and UConn conclude the home-and-home series Sunday, Nov. 14 (1 p.m.) at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 28 against Hockey East foe Boston College. Puck drops at 2 p.m. at Whittemore Center. Tickets to the BC game and all UNH home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.