PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of New Hampshire built a 2-0 lead on goals by Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) en route to Friday night's 2-2 tie against Providence College in ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League action at Schneider Arena.
UNH, which moved within one point of securing home ice for a conference quarterfinal game, is now 16-11-4 overall and 9-6-3 in the ECAC East while Providence is 16-11-4, 10-5-3. With three regular-season games remaining, PC is two points ahead of UNH at third place in the standings with 23 points. These teams, which also played to a 2-2 at the Whittemore Center in January, wrap up the home-and-home series Saturday night at the Whitt. Game time is 7 p.m.
Van Massenhove gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:41 of the first period when her shot from the lower-left circle beat PC goaltender Amy Quinlan (25 saves). Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) were credited with assists on the tally. UNH held that 1-0 advantage at the first intermission, then Misikowetz extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:55 of the middle stanza as she scored on the right doorstep. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) and Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.) set up the goal.
Providence rallied to tie the game with goals 14 seconds apart later in the second period. Ashley Payton lifted the home team within 2-1 on a power-play goal at 7:11, then Jackie Tamsin tied the game at 7:25.
UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 26 shots, including nine in the final frame and one in overtime. Quinlan made six third-period saves and two more in the five-minute extra session.
This was the 94th meeting between these programs. The Wildcats lead the series 54-31-9.
New Hampshire concludes the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series vs. Northeastern University. 'Senior Night' will be celebrated March 1 at the Whittemore Center. Opening faceoff is 7 p.m.