DURHAM, NH (Dec. 7) - The University of Connecticut womens ice hockey team fell, 8-0 to Hockey East opponent New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. UNH extended its winning streak to six games to improve to 13-1-1- overall and an undefeated 4-0-0 in the league. The Huskies fall to 6-8-1, 1-2-1 in Hockey East.
UNH Defenders Kristen Thomas and Allison Edgar led the offense with three points apiece as Edgar recorded a goal and two assists and Thomas finished with three helpers. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon stopped 14 shots to record her sixth shutout of the season and extend her career shutout record to 18.
Edgar and Chandy Kaip scored goals three minutes apart early in the first period to give UNH a 2-0 lead. Edgar scored a power-play goal at 3:45 when she scored off a rebound at the left doorstep. Carolyn Gordon, whose initial shot from the slot was stopped by UConn goalie Shannon Murphy (Mapleville, RI), and Thomas were credited with assists. Lindsay Hansen and Kaip converted a 2-on-1 breakaway into a goal when Hansens pass from the right circle found Kaip alone in the slot. Kaip slightly hesitated to gather control of the puck and fired a shot upstairs for the score. Kristi Shaw set up the breakaway with a pass from the neutral zone.
The Wildcats exploded for four second-period goals. Randi MacMaster started the barrage at 4:00 and Gordon scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season at 6:40. Annie Fahlenbock and Kaip potted goals 18 seconds apart at 14:32 and 14:50, respectively, to give the Cats a 6-0 advantage.
Stephanie Jones scored 17 seconds into the final frame and Kristine Butt capped the scoring at 9:19. Both Jones and Butt finished with a goal and an assist.
UConn goalie Shannon Murphy made 30 saves, including 14 in the second period.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, December 8 when they play host to the Wildcats at 2 p.m. at the UConn Ice Arena.