New Hampshire women's hockey falls to Mercyhurst in OT, 5-4

DURHAM, N.H. -- Mercyhurst College sophomore forward Seanna Murphy slid home a cross-ice pass from teammate Jessica Dillabough 3:13 into overtime, giving the Lakers a 5-4 win over the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team on Friday night.

New Hampshire (9-7-0) opened the scoring almost nine minutes into the first period on a power-play goal by Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.). Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) set up the goal.

Mercyhurst (8-7-2) tied the game at 13:20 on a Randi Pilger power-play tally, but Misikowetz put UNH back in front, 2-1, 2:40 later. Alexis Silvestri (Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist on the play. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) was also credited with a helper.

The 'Cats took that 2-1 advantage into the first intermission and extended it to 4-1 with a pair of power-play goals in the middle stanza. Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.), with the help of Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) and Misikowetz, gave New Hampshire a two-goal lead at 3:46. Thomas then netted her team-high 10th goal of the season at 19:37.

Pilger's second power-play goal of the night trimmed the deficit to 4-2 at 1:17 of the final frame to ignite the comeback. K.C. Galloís unassisted tally pulled the Lakers within 4-3 with 3:08 remaining. With the goaltender pulled in favor of an extra skater, Britney Millar tied the game with 43 seconds to play to set up Murphyís heroics.

Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 19 saves. Mercyhurst's Amber Natali played the third period and overtime to earn the win. She stopped two shots. Starting goaltender Tiffany Ribble made 17 saves.

New Hampshire and Mercyhurst complete this weekend series Dec. 16. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m. UNH then breaks for exams until the 'Cats play host to Princeton University on Jan. 6.


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