DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell in a heartbreaking loss to St. Lawrence Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1. The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-6-0 on the season while the Saints up their record to 4-5-0.
Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) nearly notched the first goal of the game just 21 seconds into the first period. After netting the puck, the play was reviewed by officials and reversed due to interference. St. Lawrence's Jacqueline Wand tried to get the Saints on the board with a goal after firing a shot from the left side at Wildcat netminder Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec), but Jean made the save and held onto the puck. SLU held the advantage in shots-on-goal during the period by a margin of 13-5. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) led the 'Cats in shots during the period with two. At the end of the first, the score remained 0-0.
Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) got New Hampshire on the board first in the second period at the 6:08 mark with her first goal of the season. Redlick tallied the goal when she brought the puck down the left side and beat SLU goalie Carmen MacDonald on the top right side. Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) tallied the assist on the play. The Saints responded with a goal of their own when Kailee Heidersbach found the rebound of Kelly Sabatine's shot in front of the net and poked it into the goal. Jessa McAuliffe recorded the second assist on the play. After the end of two periods, the score was even, 1-1.
In the third period, each team tried to break the tie by taking shot-after-shot but to no avail. Jean remained solid between the pipes for UNH as she made a total of 12 saves in the period. It was not until the 14:43 mark that the tie was broken by St. Lawrence when Brooke Fernandez tallied the second goal for the Saints. Rylee Smith tallied the assist on the play. At the end of the third period, SLU held on to take a 2-1 win.
Jean got the decision in net for New Hampshire in her first collegiate game. The rookie made a total of 35 saves on 37 shots faced. MacDonald got the win for the Saints, improving her record to 4-5-0. She made 20 saves on 21 shots faced in the effort. Overall, the shot totals were 37-21 in favor of St. Lawrence.
New Hampshire is back at it on Tuesday, Nov. 6 when they travel to Dartmouth for a non-conference game. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.