No. 8 New Hampshire Women's Hockey Bested By No. 6 Niagara, 2-0

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 31 saves for No. 8 University of New Hampshire but counterpart Tania Pinelli stopped all 22 Wildcat shots to lead sixth-ranked Niagara University to Saturday night's 2-0 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory at Dwyer Arena.

UNH is now 12-7-2 overall and 7-3-1 in the conference while Niagara, which swept the weekend series, improves to 16-5-0, 10-2-0.

Following a scoreless first period, Niagara netted the game's first goal 49 seconds into the middle stanza. Huggon made the initial save on Candice Moxley in a 2-on-2 rush, but Candice Ceelen collected the puck in the slot and wristed a shot under the crossbar.

The Purple Eagles extended the lead to 2-0 at 11:34 when a shot by Valerie Hall deflected off a pair of UNH skaters and trickled into the net.

Huggon kept the Wildcats within striking distance through 40 minutes as she recorded 14 saves in the first period and had 29 at the second intermission.

Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) generated a dangerous bid for UNH early in the third period when she intercepted a clearing attempt by Pinelli, but the netminder made a sprawling save on Kaip's chipped shot towards net.

With five minutes to play, Pinelli turned aside a slap shot by Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) but the rebound went to the left point, where Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) fired a slap shot. The puck went between Pinelli's legs but hit her right skate and sailed wide.

Huggon exited the game in favor of an extra skater with 1:34 to play and UNH kept pressure on Pinelli. Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) came within inches of getting the Wildcats on the scoreboard as her deflection of a Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) shot trickled wide of the right post with 40 seconds on the clock.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 18 with a non-conference game against St. Cloud State University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

 

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