DULUTH, Minn. — Hanne Sikio netted two goals to lead the sixth-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 victory against the 10th ranked University of New Hampshire at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
UNH lost its third straight game to fall to 9-5-0 overall. UMD is now 10-4-1.
UMD took a 1-0 lead 68 seconds into the game when Sikio scored on a breakaway as she maneuvered past the Wildcats defense at the blue line and tucked a forehand into the net.
The Bulldogs, who had a 14-4 shot advantage in the opening period and 33-18 edge overall, extended the lead to 2-0 at 10:36 of the middle stanza when Sikio’s shot on a 2-on-1 breakaway was deflected by UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth Mass.) but the puck trickled into the net.
Michelle McAteer gave the home team a 3-0 advantage at 5:41 of the third period. Huggon finished with 31 saves. UMD’s Tuula Puputti stopped 18 shots. Erika Holst recorded three assists.
These two teams complete the weekend series Dec. 10 at the DECC. Game time is 2:05 p.m. Before breaking for exams, UNH plays host to Mercyhurst College on Dec. 15 (7p.m.) and Dec. 16 (2 p.m.).