No. 7 New Hampshire women's hockey ties Providence, 2-2

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jaime VanMassenhove's (Alpena, Mich.) slap shot with 3:30 remaining in the third period found the back of the net and proved to be the game-deciding tally, as the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire and Providence skated to a 2-2 draw in ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.

UNH is now 12-5-2 overall and 7-1-1 in the conference while PC is now 6-8-3, 3-4-2.

VanMassenhove took a pass from Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) and fired her shot just behind the left face-off circle to beat Providence netminder Amy Thomas (26 saves).

The Wildcats outshot Providence 4-0 in the overtime session but could not break the deadlock. The best opportunity was created by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), who found an open Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) in the slot with 40 seconds to play. Jones' shot deflected off the stick of goaltender Amy Thomas (26 saves) and then the puck caromed off her helmet and to the right corner.

Providence took a 1-0 lead at 14:57 of the first period when Kim Mathias' wrist shot from the slot went into the upper-right corner and the Lady Friars took that one-goal advantage into the second period.

UNH tied the game, 1-1, 21 seconds into the middle frame. A shot from the slot by Gordon was deflected into the air and Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.), standing near the right post, slapped the puck into the net. Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

Providence regained the lead, 2-1, at 10:42 of the second period when Darlene Stephenson scored on her own rebound at the right post. Jenn Butsch set up the tally.

Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 18 saves for UNH.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 at Niagara. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 18 vs. St. Cloud State University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.


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