DURHAM, N.H. - The top line of Amanda Reid, Brooke Bradburn and Teresa Marchese-Del Monte produced third-period goals within 1:42 to propel third-ranked Niagara University to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory against the University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 16-11-2 overall and 9-6-1 in the conference. Niagara, which recorded 5-1 and 2-0 victories against the Wildcats in January, improved to 22-6-1, 16-2-0.
Following two scoreless periods, Amanda Reid scored on the rebound of a Brooke Bradburn shot at 11:52 of the final frame to give the Purple Eagles a 1-0 lead. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.; 33 saves) stopped Bradburn's initial shot from the left doorstep but the rebound went in front of the crease and Reid deposited the puck into the open net.
Niagara extended the lead to 2-0 at 13:34 when Marchese-Del Monte, standing deep in the left circle, redirected Reid's pass from the corner into the upper shelf. Bradburn was also credited with an assist on the play.
UNH, which held a 12-7 shot advantage in the third period after being outshot 28-15 through two stanzas, trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when Allison Edgar' (Brigden, Ont.) shot from the right point was deflected in the slot by Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.). Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) set up the goal by drawing the faceoff back to Edgar.
The Wildcats called time out with 1:26 remaining in regulation and pulled Huggon in favor of an extra skater. Two attempted centering passes sailed through the slot and NU goalie Tania Pinelli made one of her 26 saves by turning aside a point-blank shot by Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.). Following an icing call against Niagara with 24.4 seconds to play, the Purple Eagles gained control of the puck and cleared the zone. One last rush by UNH was thwarted when a slapshot by Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) was blocked by a defender as time expired.
UNH returns to action Feb. 19 at Boston College. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 23 vs. Providence. College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.