No. 7 New Hampshire women's hockey blanks Quinnipiac, 8-0

NORTHFORD, Conn. - Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C) both recorded four points to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Friday night's 8-0 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory against Quinnipiac University at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

UNH, which recorded 9-0 and 10-0 victories against Quinnipiac earlier this season, improved to 12-5-1 overall and 7-1-0 in the conference. QU is now 3-10-2, 0-7-0.

Misikowetz (two goals, two assists) quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the game when, standing in the slot, she redirected a shot by Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.). Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.; goal, two assists) was also credited with an assist on the game-winning goal.

Goals by Jones (goal, three assists; 4:56) and Brandi Kerns(Colorado Springs, Colo.; 16:23) extended UNH's advantage to 3-0 at the first intermission. Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) set up the second goal by winning the faceoff back to Jones, who collected her own rebound and fired a slap shot past goaltender Mel Courtemanche. Kerns netted her first goal of the season on a slap shot from the right point. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.), who won the draw to Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.), who in turn redirected the puck to Kerns, set up the goal.

Misikowetz potted her second goal of the game at 13:55 of the middle frame to give UNH a 4-0 lead, then set up MacMaster's tally at 19:02 that put the 'Cats ahead 5-0. Misikowetz, with the assistance of Jones and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), scored by lifting a backhander into the upper shelf. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) also assisted on MacMaster's tally.

Thomas (3:35), Gordon (9:31) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.; 13:47) scored in the final frame.

UNH goaltenders Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) and Seanna Conway (Concord, Ohio) combined to record the shutout. Huggon stopped three shots in the first period and Conway, who entered the game at the start of the second period and played the rest of the way, was credited with seven saves.

Quinnipiac starting goalie Mel Courtemanche made 25 saves over the first 40 minutes. Catherine Lapare played the third period and stopped 15 shots.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 6 against Providence College. The game, which will be broadcast by NHPTV and WTSN-1270 AM, begins at 2 p.m at the Whittemore Center


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