CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jennifer Botterill scored three goals to propel the fifth-ranked Harvard University women’s hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 4-1 ECAC victory against-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Bright Hockey Center.
UNH fell to 14-12-0 and 10-7-0 in the conference with its fourth straight loss. Harvard extended its winning streak to four games - and seven in a row against New Hampshire - and is now 12-6-0, 12-2-0.
Botterill gave the home team a 1-0 lead 34 seconds into the game when she redirected Tammy Shewchuk’s centering pass and the puck trickled into the net. The duo combined to produce a similar goal - Botterill deflecting a Shewchuk centering pass - to give Harvard a 2-0 lead with 1:01 remaining in the opening stanza.
Botterill, again with Shewchuk’s assistance, completed the hat trick at 2:26 of the middle period.
New Hampshire closed within 3-1 at 7:51 when Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) collected a pass from Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) at mid-ice, skated down the right wing and wristed a shot inside the far post.
The Crimson regained a three-goal cushion on a Vanessa Bazzocchi tally 1:32 before the second intermission.
With Harvard’s Tracy Catlin whistled for slashing at 17:37 of the final frame, UNH called time out but did not register a shot on the power play, making the Wildcats 0-for-5 in the game with the extra skater.
UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded 26 saves. Harvard’s Jessica Ruddock stopped 19 shots.
UNH return’s to action Feb. 4 (2 p.m.) at Brown University. The Wildcats play host to the U.S. National Team on February 10. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.