DURHAM, N.H. - Senior goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped all 12shots on goal to lead No. 6 University of New Hampshire to Saturday night's 3-0 Women's Hockey East victory against Northeastern at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which also recorded a 3-0 victory against Northeastern on Friday and did not allow a goal by the Huskies in three games this season, won its third consecutive game to improve to 17-3-1 overall and 11-0-0 at the Whittemore Center. The victory also keeps the Wildcats atop the Women's Hockey East standings with a 7-0-0 conference record. Northeastern lost its fourth straight game to fall to 5-11-1, 1-5-1.
Huggon, who already holds the school records for career saves (2,525), career shutouts (20) and single-season shutouts (eight), tied the UNH record for career games with her 111th on Saturday and is now the record-holder for career minutes at 6577:07.
UNH opened up the game with a power-play goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) just 3:42 into the first stanza to take a 1-0 lead. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left circle to Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) at the point. After Thomas' slap shot was stopped by Northeastern goaltender Chanda Gunn (27 saves), Gordon collected the rebound in the slot and shot the puck into the open net for her team-leading 13th tally of the season.
The Wildcats carried that 1-0 advantage into the first intermission and extended it to 2-0 at 4:07 of the middle stanza on the first goal of the season by Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.). Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) dumped the puck behind the net to Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Mass.), who found VanMassenhove at the left side of the net. Her shot from along the goal line eluded Gunn.
Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) capped off the scoring with her eighth goal of the season at 14:45 of the third period. After receiving a pass from linemate Lindsay Hansen (Norhtport, N.Y.), Kaip fired a high-angled shot from the left doorstep that squeezed between Gunn's pads.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) at Boston College. The next Wildcat home game is next Saturday, Jan. 18 against the University of Minnesota. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.