HANOVER, N.H. - University of New Hampshire goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 25 saves, including 12 in the third period, but the fourth-ranked Wildcats were defeated by No. 5 Dartmouth College, 3-0, in Sunday afternoon's women's ice hockey action at Thompson Arena.
The Wildcats end the 2002 calendar year with a 14-3-1 overall record and are atop the Women's Hockey East league standings with a 5-0-0 mark. Dartmouth improved to 9-3-0 overall and is 6-2-0 in the ECAC.
DC took advantage of a 2-on-1 breakaway at 11:04 of the first period when Carly Haggard's pass across the slot was gathered by Correne Bredin, who in turn wristed a shot that trickled underneath Huggon and into the goal.
The Big Green extended the lead to 3-0 on a pair of Gillian Apps tallies 51 seconds apart in the second period. Apps' first goal at 8:16 came when a misplay by the defense allowed her to skate alone into the offensive zone. Huggon raced to the top of the slot but Apps poked the puck away from the sprawled out goalie and, while sliding on the ice, swept the puck into the open net. Huggon was shaken up on the play but remained in the game. Apps struck again on a rebound at the left doorstep to give the home team a three-goal advantage.
UNH's best scoring opportunity came with nine minutes remaining in the game, when Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) carried the puck into the DC zone in a 2-on-1 advantage. She slid the perfect crossing pass to Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), whose shot from deep in the right circle sailed wide of the near post.
Dartmouth goalie Amy Ferguson stopped 20 shots to record the first shutout of UNH this season.
The Wildcats went 0-for-8 on the power play and Dartmouth failed to convert on any of its seven power-play chances.
New Hampshire is idle for the rest of December and returns to action with a Jan. 4 home game against Brown University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.