DURHAM, N.H. - Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) both scored two goals to propel the third-seeded University of New Hampshire to Saturday afternoon's 4-1 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League quarterfinal victory against the University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which improved to 19-11-5 overall, advances to play second-seeded Northeastern University in a March 15 semifinal game at UConn Ice Arena. The title game, also at UConn Ice Arena, is March 16. Connecticut, the sixth seed in the tournament, finishes the season at 11-21-3.
Misikowetz gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 4:04 into the game. Thomas initiated the scoring play with a pass from UNH's defensive zone that sent Miskowetz alone through the neutral zone. From the top of the right circle, Misikowetz fired a wrist shot inside the near post.
The advantage was extended to 2-0 on Misikowetz's 14th goal of the year at 8:20. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) left a drop pass for Misikowetz in the slot and her screened shot deflected off the right shoulder of UConn goaltender Shannon Murphy and into the net. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) was also credited with an assist.
Following a scoreless second period, Kimberly Berry pulled the Huskies within 2-1 at 1:10 of the final frame when she converted a turnover into a rush through the slot and pushed the puck beneath UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.).
The Wildcats responded just 16 seconds later, however, as Thomas weaved through the defense in the slot and beat Murhpy. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) set up the tally. Thomas netted her second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 5:01 when she exhibited patience down low and lifted the puck under the crossbar. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) were credited with assists.
Huggon recorded 37 saves, including nine in the final 1:39 when UConn pulled Murphy in favor of an extra skater. Murphy finished with 36 saves.