No. 4 UNH women's hockey felled by No. 3 Minnesota, 4-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Winny Brodt and Krissy Wendell both recorded a goal and an assist to lead the third-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 4-0 non-conference victory against No. 4 University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, is now 18-4-1 overall (8-0-0 Women's Hockey East) and 11-1-0 at the Whittemore Center. Minnesota, which is 5-0-1 vs. the Wildcats over the past five meetings, improved to 18-3-1 (11-2-1 WCHA).

Jody Horak, who became the second goaltender to shut out New Hampshire this season, recorded 19 saves. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 30 shots.

Brodt, who skated for New Hampshire's 1998 national championship team, gave the visiting Golden Gophers at 1-0 lead at 5:03 of the first period when she scored from the low slot. Kelsey Bills was credited with an assist.

The goal halted UNH's consecutive shutout streak at 226 minutes, 50 seconds. The Wildcats had shut out each of its last three opponents.

Minnesota held on to that one-goal advantage until Kelly Stephens, with the assistance of Wendell and Brodt, netted a power-play goal with 37 seconds remaining in the second period.

Wendell extended UM's lead to 3-0 with a power-play tally at 7:29 and Ronda Curtin capped the scoring at 12:31.

UNH's best opportunity to produce a goal came late in the opening stanza when the Wildcats had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:28. The 'Cats failed to generate a shot on goal, however, and went 0-for-7 on the power play for the game. Minnesota converted 2 of 5 chances.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 19 at the University of Connecticut. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 2 vs. Providence College (2 p.m.)

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