DURHAM, N.H. - Senior center Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) recorded a goal and three assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to a 6-0 victory against Concordia University in Sunday afternoon's exhibition game at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine preseason poll, took a 1-0 lead at 6:13 of the first period when Misikowetz collected a rebound at the top of the crease and deposited the puck in the back of the net. Allison Edgar (Petrolia, Ont.), whose shot from the right circle was stopped by CU goaltender Lori Posluns, earned an assist on the game-winning tally.
The Wildcats held that 1-0 lead at the first intermission and extended it to 3-0 with a pair of power-play goals in the second stanza. Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) maneuvered from the left corner to the front of the net and tucked a forehand between Posluns' legs for a 2-0 UNH lead at 6:45. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) was credited with an assist. >From the right corner, Misikowetz found Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) in front and her second point-blank shot beat Posluns at 15:50.
New Hampshire, which held a 13-3 shot advantage in the first period and a 15-8 edge in the middle frame, continued to pressure the Stingers in the third period. Edgar's shot from the top of the slot trickled into the net past goalie Jessica Anderson, who entered the game at the start of the third, to give the 'Cats a 4-0 advantage at 7:11. Less than two minutes later, a slapshot by Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) from the right point found its way through traffic and into the net. Misikowetz set up both tallies.
Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) became the sixth Wildcat skater to score a goal at 18:35 with the help of Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and Kristi Shaw (Belleville, Ont.).
UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) went the distance in net and stopped 13 shots to record the shutout. Posluns made 25 saves through two periods and Anderson had 10 saves in her period of work.
The UNH women's ice hockey team opens the 2001-02 season at home against 10th-ranked Ohio State on Oct. 19. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.