DURHAM, N.H.--Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) scored two goals and added an assist as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team handed the University of Minnesota-Duluth its first loss of the season and the first loss in the program’s history by a score of 5-1 Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats improve to 17-6-0 overall and 11-4-0 in ECAC and the Bulldogs fall to 19-1-2 overall and 17-0-1 in the WCHA.
The Wildcats struck first 15 seconds into the first period when Zaban put a shot low stick side past Bulldog goalie Tuula Puputti for a 1-0 lead. At 9:19, UNH extended the lead 2-0 as senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) scored in front of the net off of freshman forward Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and junior defenseman Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.). The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead when senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Clifton Park, N.Y.) put in a shot from the point from junior center Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.).
In the second period, Zaban scored her second goal of the game at 5:06 as she found the back of the net low stick side for a 4-0 Wildcat advantage.
Minnesota-Duluth ended senior goaltender Alicia Roberts’ (North Muskegon, Mich.) bid for a shutout when Pachal scored low stick side to cut the lead 4-1 at 10:36. The ‘Cats put the game away at 18:22 on a goal from senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) to close out the scoring 5-1.
Roberts finished with 20 saves on the night and picked up her eighth win of the season. Puputti stopped 30 shots in a losing cause.
The Wildcats and Bulldogs face off on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Whittemore Center.