DURHAM,N.H.--Former University of New Hampshire player Karyn Bye scored two goals and added two assists as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the UNH women's ice hockey team in an exhibition game 8-2 Wednesday night at the Whittemore Center.
In the opening stanza, UNH got on the board first when senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) put in her own rebound at 3:09. Senior forwards Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) and Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) assisted on the goal. Holmes gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead 10 minutes later off a breakaway. Senior defenseman Jaime DeGriselles (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded an assist on the goal.
The National Team came back to score four straight goals and give them a 4-2 lead. New Hampshire native Katie King cut the lead 2-1 at 13:35 off an assist from former Wildcat Nicki Luongo. Bye evened the score 2-2 22 seconds later off of Cammi Granato and another former Wildcat Melisa Heitzman. Stephanie O'Sullivan then scored what proved to be the game winning goal at 14:15 to give the National Team a 3-2 lead. Sue Merz, a 1994 UNH graduate closed out the first period scoring at 4-2 with a goal at 15:43.
Three second period goals from Bye, Laurie Baker and UNH alum Brandy Fisher gave the National Team a 7-2 cushion entering the final period.
UNH graduate Tricia Dunn scored with one second left in the third period to close out the scoring at 8-2.
Erin Whitten, also a Wildcat alum made 12 saves in goal. UNH senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) finished with seven saves, while allowing five goals. Wildcat freshman netminder Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) let in three goals and stopped 18 shots.
The Wildcats travel to Dartmouth where they play a 3 p.m. game. UNH then travels to Boston College for a 1 p.m. start.