STORRS, Conn. - The University of New Hampshire generated a 35-20 shot advantage, but Northeastern University netted a goal early in the first period and another late in the third to record a 2-0 victory in Friday night's ECAC Eastern League semifinal game at UConn Ice Arena.
UNH, which was seeded third and went 1-1-1 against the Huskies in the regular season, finishes the year at 19-12-5. Northeastern, seeded second and ranked fifth in the nation, is now 27-6-1.
Northeastern took a 1-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period when Brooke Whitney's centering pass from the right circle deflected off a UNH defender in the slot and the puck trickled beneath UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.).
New Hampshire, which held a 10-5 shot advantage in the first period, carried play in the middle stanza and generated an 18-7 advanage in shots. The 'Cats closed particularly strong in the final five minutes of the period as the began to create traffic in front of the net and scoring opportunites from rebounds.
The Huskies extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal by Michelle Lorion with 1:19 remaining in regulation. UNH called a timeout, gained control of the ensuing faceoff and pulled Huggon with 1:10 to play. The 'Cats kept control in the offensive zone and produced some dangerous chances but could not score.
NU goaltender Chanda Gunn finished with 35 saves as the Huskies shut out UNH for the first time in 84 lifetime meetings.
The end of the season also marked the end of a UNH career for Wildcat seniors Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kira Misikowetz (Missisauga, Ont.). Kerns, the captain, played more games in a UNH uniform - 143 - than anyone in the 25-year history of the program. The defenseman ends her career with 45 points on 13 goals and 32 assists. Misikowetz, an ECAC Eastern All-Conference Second Team selection and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate, compiled 47 goals and 85 assists for 132 points.