STORRS, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team secured a 3-1 victory against the University of Connecticut Saturday afternoon in the first of the two-game weekend series. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario), Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) each tallied a goal in the effort.
The win improves the Wildcats to 9-11-2 overall and to 5-4-1 in Hockey East action while the Huskies drop to 3-18-2 on the year and to 1-9-0 in conference action.
Lavoie tallied the first point of the game at the 15:16 mark of the first period when she netted her fifth goal of the season. Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) tallied her third assist of the season on the play while Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) dished out her fifth. At the end of the first stanza, the Wildcats held a 1-0 lead. New Hampshire outshot UConn 14-0 in the period.
Horn tallied what would ultimately be the game-winning goal early in the second period when she notched her fourth goal of the year. She was unassisted on the play. After two periods, the Wildcats remained on top, 2-0.
With 3:34 remaining in the third period, O'Neill scored the third power play goal in two games for New Hampshire and her fifth goal of the season to give UNH a 3-0 advantage. Horn tallied her second point of the day on the play with an assist while Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) recorded her eighth of the season. Less than a minute later, Connecticut broke onto the board with a goal by Sarah MacDonnell, her fourth of the year. She was assisted by Emily Snodgrass and Rachel Farrel on the play. At the end of three periods, the Wildcats secured the 3-1 victory.
UNH netminder Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) earned her sixth win of the season, improving her record to 6-1-1. Gilligan made 13 saves on the 14 shots she faced, including eight in the second period and five in the third. Connecticut's Elaine Chuli received the loss in net for UConn, falling to 1-11-2 on the year. She made stops on 28 of the 31 shots the Wildcats rifled at the net.
New Hampshire's power play unit went 1-for-3 in the game while Connecticut's went 0-for-3 with the advantage. UNH outshot the Huskies by a margin of 31-14 in the game.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series Sunday, remaining at Connecticut. Puck drop is slated for 1 p.m.