UNH Women's Hockey Defeated By Minnesota, 5-4

Minnesota trailed by two goals less than six minutes into the game but a 31 save effort by Crystal Nicholas kept the Gophers in the game, and third-period goals by Laura Slominski and Nadine Muzerall enabled them to claim a 5-4 victory and a sweep of their two-game series against New Hampshire.

Annie Fahlenbock and Sabrina Monsen scored 46 seconds apart early in the first period but Minnesota bounced back with goals from Tracy Engstrom and Ronda Curtin to tie the score at 2-2.

Monsen and Tina Carrabba, who scored at 19:59 of the second period, sandwhiched goals around another Curtin marker as the Wildcats went into the second intermission with a 4-3 lead.

"It was pretty quiet in there," Muzerall said of the Gopher lockerroom between periods two and three. "We just said 'Hey, we were down two goals before. We've got 20 minutes left to get it back."

Slominski got the equalizer at 8:35 of the final period and then Muzerall extended her goal-scoring streak to 10 games with her 31st goal of the season, a power-play goal which gives her 21 goals during her streak.

For the fourth consecutive game, Minnesota scored three power-play goal. The Gophers have done that five times in their last six games and are 16-for-33 on the power play in those six games.

While New Hampshire was outshooting Minnesota 31-12 through two periods, Nicholas stopped 27 shots to keep the Gophers close. Minnesota then outshot the Wildcats 14-4 in the final 20 minutes.


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