No. 3 New Hampshire women's hockey defeats St. Cloud, 3-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 21 shots and came within 21 seconds of recording her fourth consecutive shutout to lead the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 3-1 victory against St. Cloud State University at the National Hockey Center.

UNH, which won its ninth consecutive game to improve to 9-1-0, had its consecutive shutout streak halted at five games and a total of 365 minutes, 29 seconds, both of which are school records.

Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) increased her team-best point total to 17 with her fourth goal of the season at 4:45 of the first period. Standing on the front doorstep, she redirected a shot by Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), who skated in front from behind the net. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) was also credted with an assist and is tied with Misikowetz for the team lead in that statistic with 13.

Allison Edgar (Bridgden, Ont.) netted a shorthanded goal with eight seconds remaining in the first period to gice the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Edgar, who as a team-high 11 goals, intercepted a pass at mid-ice, broke in alone on SCSU goalie Laura Gieselman (51 saves) and pulled the puck from her backhand to forhand in front of the net to shoot into an empty net.

Following a scoreless scoreless second period, Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) extended UNH's advanage to 3-0 2:31 of the final frame. The scoring sequence was initiated by Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.), whose pass found Nicole Stephanilo (Sanford, Maine) high in the slot. Stefanilo's shot sailed wide into the right corner. Goulet collected the rebound in the circle and fired a low shot past Gieselman.

The Huskies (3-5-3) ended UNH's shutout streak when Roxy Stang scored with 21 seconds remaining in the game. Stang, as well as Andrea Keller, had been stoned by Huggon earlier in the period.

New Hampshire concludes its weekend road trip to Minnesota against the sixth-ranked University of Minnesota on Nov. 25. Game time at Mariucci Arena is 2 p.m. (Eastern). The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 1 against the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

 

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