DURHAM, N.H. -- Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.) broke a 1-1 tie with a goal at 6:51 of the third period to lead No. 2 University of New Hampshire to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory against the University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which had a 43-22 shot advantage, improves to 10-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in the ECAC East. UConn, which leaves Durham with a series split follwing Saturday's 2-0 win, is now 6-6-1, 4-3-0.
Freshman Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) netted her 11th goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 18:37 of the first period. UConn goalie Shannon Murphy (40 saves) stopped Kira Misikowetz's (Mississauga, Ont.) initial shot from close range but Jones gathered the loose puck and tucked it beneath Murphy. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) was also credited with an assist.
With a 14-3 shot advantage in the first period, UNH took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Huskies tied the game at 14:52 of the middle stanza when Laura Stosky, standing alone, collected the puck above the left face-off circle and fired it past UNH netminder Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.). Tiffany Owens and Kimberly Berry assisted on the tally.
UNH regained the lead when Kristi Shaw (Belleville, Ont.) drew a faceoff back to Hickox, who fired a slap shot through traffic to find the back of the net. The 'Cats then received an insurance goal on the power play when Fahlenbock knocked in a rebound off of a Misikowetz shot in front of the UConn net at 9:22.
UConn pulled Murphy in favor of an extra skater with 1:21 remaining, but she had to reenter the game three seconds later with a faceoff at mid-ice. She exited the game again with 50 seconds to play and despite pressure in the offensive zone, the Huskies could not solve UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), who finished with 21 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 8 (2 p.m.) at Princeton University. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 14 vs. Harvard. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.