Durham, N.H.--Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team recorded her second straight hat trick, including her 100th career goal and senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) added one goal and five assists as the Wildcats defeated Northeastern University 9-1 Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. With the win, UNH improves to 13-3-0 overall and 9-3-0 in the ECAC. Northeastern falls to 13-4-2 overall and 8-3-2 in conference play.
It was the largest margin of victory for the Wildcats this season, and the first victory over Northeastern as the Huskies edged out UNH 2-1 in Boston in November.
In the first period, the Huskies got on the board 1-0 when junior forward Lisa Giovanelli scored her seventh goal of the season at the 10:25 mark.
The Wildcats went on to score five second period goals from Holmes, Zaban, freshman forward Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and two from senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) to jump out to a 5-1 lead entering the final stanza. Both of McKenzie’s goals came on the UNH power play.
Zaban added two third period goals and senior forward Sabrina Monsen (Eagle River, Alaska) and senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Clifton Park, N.Y.) also tallied third period goals in the victory.
Freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) picked up her ninth win of the season and finished with 19 saves. Northeastern goaltender Erika Silva made 27 saves, while allowing eight goals and Jennifer Buckley stopped 8 shots, allowing one goal for the Huskies.
The Wildcats host Providence College on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.