ORONO, Maine - Senior co-captain Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ontario) netted one goal and assisted on three others to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday's 5-2 ECAC victory against the University of Maine at Alfond Arena.
UNH completed the weekend home-and-home series sweep to improve to 6-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference. Maine lost its third straight game to fall to 3-3-0 and 1-3-0 in the league.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 19:10 of the first period on a power-play goal by freshman Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.). Thomas scored her sixth goal of the season - an empty netter - with 47 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.
Maine tied the game, 1-1, midway through the second stanza on a power-play goal by Raffi Wolf. New Hampshire immediately regained control of the game with goals 79 seconds apart by Thornton (at 12:53) and Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.; 14:11).
The 'Cats took that 3-1 lead into the second intermission and Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ontario; goal, assist) extended the advantage to three goals at 14:52 of the final frame. Maine's Kelly Nelson took advantage of a 5-on-3 powerplay to close within 4-2 at 17:56, but the Black Bears could get no closer.
UNH sophomore goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 24 saves while Maine's Amanda Cronin turned aside 26 shots.
Freshman Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) extended her point-scoring streak to seven games with an assist on Wilson's goal. Goulet's nine points trails only Thornton (4-8-12) and is matched by Thomas.
New Hampshire plays a pair of home games next weekend when St. Lawrence travels to Durham on Nov. 17 and Cornell comes to town Nov. 18. Both games at the Whittemore Center begin at 7 p.m.