No. 5 UNH women's hockey cruises past UConn, 8-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Seven skaters scored and 11 in all recorded a point as the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team defeated the University of Connecticut, 8-0, in Saturday afternoon's Women's Hockey East matchup at the Whittemore Center.

UNH extended its winning streak to six games, as well as its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1), to improve to 13-1-1 overall and 4-0-0 in the league. UConn is now 6-8-1, 1-2-1.

Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.), who are defensive linemates, led the offense with three points apiece as Edgar recorded a goal and two assists and Thomas finished with three helpers. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 14 shots to record her sixth shutout of the season and extend her career shutout record to 18.

Edgar and Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.; two goals) scored goals three minutes apart early in the first period to give UNH a 2-0 lead. Edgar scored a power-play goal at 3:45 when she scored off a rebound at the left doorstep. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.; goal, assist), whose initial shot from the slot was stopped by UConn goalie Shannon Murphy, and Thomas were credited with assists. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) and Kaip converted a 2-on-1 breakaway into a goal when Hansen's pass from the right circle found Kaip alone in the slot. Kaip slightly hesitated to gather control of the puck and fired a shot upstairs for the score. Kristi Shaw (Belleville, Ont.) set up the breakaway with a pass from the neutral zone.

The Wildcats exploded for four second-period goals. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.; goal, assist) started the barrage at 4:00 and Gordon scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season at 6:40. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) and Kaip potted goals 18 seconds apart at 14:32 and 14:50, respectively, to give the 'Cats a 6-0 advantage.

Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored 17 seconds into the final frame and Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) capped the scoring at 9:19. Both Jones and Butt finished with a goal and an assist.

UConn goalie Shannon Murphy made 30 saves, including 14 in the second period.

New Hampshire and UConn conclude the home-and-home series Sunday at the UConn Ice Arena. Game time is 2 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 4 (2 p.m.) vs. Brown University.

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