STORRS, Conn. - Freshman forward Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) recorded a goal and two assists in her collegiate debut to lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-2 Hockey East victory against the University of Connecticut at UConn Ice Arena.
UNH (1-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 Hockey East) improved to 23-3-1 in season openers and 12-1-0 lifetime vs. UConn with the victory. The Huskies are now 1-2-2, 0-1-0.
Following a scoreless first period, Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) netted the first Wildcat goal of the season to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at 13:42 of the middle stanza. Senior assistant captains Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) and Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) were credited with assists.
UNH's advantage was extended to 2-0 at 15:11 when Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) recorded her first collegiate point with a goal from the left circle. Wright-Ward also garnered her first collegiate point with the only assist on the play.
UConn trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when Shannon Connolly scored the first of her two goals of the night with 12 seconds remaining in the second period.
Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), the 2002 Women's Hockey East Rookie of the Year, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with a power-play tally at 9:42 of the final frame. Ward, with the assistance of senior captain Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), gave the Wildcats a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 15:29
Connolly closed the scoring on a shorthanded goal with 3:00 to play.
In her Wildcat debut, sophomore goaltender Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) made 22 saves to earn her first career victory. UConn's Shannon Murphy stopped 27 shots.
These teams concluded the home-and-home weekend series Oct. 26 at UNH's Whittemore Center. Game time is 2 p.m.