DURHAM, N.H. -- Junior Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) netted two goals and netminder Jen Huggon (Plymouth, N.H) turned away 25 shots to lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 2-1 non-conference victory against No. 10 Princeton University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 8-1-1 overall and is 2-0-0 in Women's Hockey East. Princeton is now 4-1-0 and remains 2-0-0 in the ECAC.
With both teams skating down a player due to penalties, Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) hit Gordon with a pass from the defensive zone to the neutral zone. Gordon, who scored the game's first goal on a breakaway 15 seconds into the third period, broke in alone on Princeton goalie Megan Van Beuekom (14 saves) down the slot and ended the game with a sharp shot between the goalie's leg pads.
The third period was host to a goal by each team. Gordon, with the assistance of Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.), beat Van Beusekom high to the glove side.
As the period continued, it appeared as though the game would result in a UNH victory until Princeton Tiger Nikola Holmes scored the tying goal on the power play with 2:11 left to play. Holmes took a pass from Andrea Kilbourne and skated past the blue line, nailing a wrist shot past Huggon.
In the first period, Princeton compiled a 5-3 shot advantage and apparently took a 1-0 lead about midway through the stanza when a shot by Andela Gooldy was redirected into the net. The goal was disallowed, however, by ruling that the puck was kicked past Huggon.
In a scoreless second period, the Tigers generated a 12-6 shot advantage.
Last year in Princeton, these teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and the Tigers won 1-0 in overtime.
These teams conclude the two-game weekend series Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.