New Hampshire women's hockey overwhelms Cornell, 8-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team exploded for five second-period goals en route to Saturday night's 8-1 ECAC victory against Cornell University at the Whittemore Center.

With the game tied 1-1 after one period, Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) maneuvered her way through the slot and upper-shelved a wrist shot to give the 'Cats the lead for good at 9:18. Carolyn Gordon (London, Ontario) netted her first collegiate goal 2:16 later to extend the lead to 3-1.

Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) continued the Wildcat scoring spree with a goal at 13:12 and Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ontario) pushed the advantage go 5-1 at 16:21. Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) scored with 32 seconds to play in the second period to give UNH a 6-1 lead through two periods.

In a penalty-filled third period, Marybeth Marren (Alton, N.H.) potted her first goal of the season at 15:04 and Thomas netted her second tally of the game at 18:28.

Cornell took a 1-0 lead at 15:01 of the first period when Brooke Bestwick skated behind the net and found Erica Olson on the front doorstep. New Hampshire tied the game with 28 seconds remaining in the opening stanza when Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) charged the net and pushed the loose puck into the net.

UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded 20 saves. Cornell starting goaltender Elizabeth Connelly made 28 saves and allowed six goals in 40 minutes. Kristin Perry played the final stanza and stopped 11 shots.

Gordon and VanMassenhove both had an assist in addition to a goal. Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ontario) and Jenn Wildman (London, Ontario) each registered two assists for UNH.

New Hampshire continues its four-game homestand Nov. 24-25 against Niagara University. Both games begin at 7 p.m.


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