DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team nearly overcame a three-goal third period deficit, but fell to Harvard 4-3 in non-league action at the Whittemore Center Friday night.
The 'Cats found themselves down 4-1 7:38 into the third period after Harvard's Nicole Corriero scored, with Jamie Hagerman assisting. That came 5:30 after the Cromson's third goal, a power-play goal by Kalen Ingram. it was Ingram's third power play goal of the game, with Pamela Van Reese and Lauren McAuliffe assisting.
Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) slashed Harvard's lead to 4-2 on a power play 9:25 into the third on her 12th goal of the season. Kira Misikowetz (Missisauga, Ontario) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) assisted on the tally.
With just under three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game, Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ontario) deflected a shot from the left point by Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ontario) past Harvard netminder Alison Kuusisfo (38 saves) to make it 4-3. Misikowetz added her second assist of the night.
New Hampshire pulled goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) (24 saves) with 1:31 remaining. The 'Cats got several shots on net but could not score with the extra skater.
Ingram netted power-play goals at 3:16 and 9:54 of the first period to give Harvard a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. UNH made it 2-1 in the second period when Jaime Van Massenhove (Alpena, Mich.) scored on a feed from Fahlenbock at the 16:17 mark.
New Hampshire generated a 41-28 shot advantage for the game, including a 30-12 edge over the final two periods.
With the loss, UNH (6-1-0 ECAC East) stands at 11-4-1 overall. The Crimson (3-1-1 ECAC North) are now 7-6-1.
New Hampshire closes out the 2001 calender year Dec. 15 against No. 6 St. Lawrence University. The game, which can be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network, begins at 7 p.m. The Wildcats then resume the 2001-02 season Jan. 4 at Quinnipiac University.