DURHAM, N.H.--Senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team scored two goals and added an assist as the Wildcats defeated Cornell University 3-1 Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
With the win, UNH improves to 23-9-0 overall and 16-7-0 in the ECAC. Cornell falls to 13-13-1 overall and 9-13-1 in conference action.
Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) put the Wildcats on the board 1-0 in the first period at 14:07 off assists from senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) and Holmes.
Cornell knotted the game 1-1 at 13:19 of the second period when Danielle Bilodeau put a rebound past freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.).
In the third period, Holmes scored the game winning goal at 1:43 with the Wildcats on the powerplay. Zaban passed the puck to Holmes who was waiting on the right doorstop and put it away for the 2-1 lead. Junior center Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) also assisted on the game winner. At 10:35, Holmes scored her second goal of the game on a breakaway with UNH shorthanded for a 3-1 UNH lead.
Huggon finished with 26 saves and Elizabeth Connelly stopped 27 shots in net for Cornell.
UNH returns to action on Sunday afternoon when the Wildcats host the St. Lawrence Saints. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.