New Hampshire women's hockey upends Mercyhurst, 2-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) scored with 9:40 remaining in the game to lift the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 non-conference victory against Mercyhurst College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH ended a five-game losing streak to improve to 10-7-0. Mercyhurst had its five-game winning streak snapped and is now 8-8-2.

VanMassenhove netted the game-winner when Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.), standing on the right doorstep, slid the puck in front of the net. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) was also credited with an assist.

The Lakers pulled goaltender Amber Natali (27 saves) with 1:32 remaining in regulation but could not net the equalizer, as they had done Friday night. The Wildcats secured the victory by controlling the puck in the offensive zone for the final 55 seconds.

Mercyhurst took a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period when Britney Millar scored on a rebound in front when UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.; 16 saves) couldn't corral Tracy Logan's initial shot. Jennifer Jeffrey also set up the tally.

The Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, on a Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) goal 58 seconds into the middle stanza. Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) initiated the scoring sequence from behind the net with a pass in front to Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.). She redirected the puck across the slot to Thornton for her ninth goal of the season.

New Hampshire breaks for exams until the 'Cats play host to Princeton University on Jan. 6. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

 

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