GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the eight-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 6-2 non-conference victory against the University of North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UNH remains unbeaten this season at 2-0-1 while North Dakota lost its sixth consecutive game to fall to 0-6-1.
Hekle, with the assistance of Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.; three assists), gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal 1:45 into the game.
UNH carried that one-goal advantage into the second period, but Meaghan Nelson scored a power-play goal at 4:19 of the middle stanza to tie the game, 1-1. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) put the Wildcats ahead to stay on her first career point, a goal at 8:38. Jones netted what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:35 remaining in the second period and the 'Cats led 3-1 at the second intermission.
Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.; goal, assist) extended UNH's advantage to 4-1 at 6:38 The Fighting Sioux pulled back within two goals, 4-2, just 51 seconds later on a Stasia Bakhit tally.
Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.; goal, assist) scored a shorthanded goal at 14:38 to put the 'Cats ahead 5-2 and Hekle ended the scoring on a power-play goal with 1:45 remaining.
UNH goaltender Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) improved to 2-0-0 this season with a 17-save effort. Amber Hasbargen stopped 23 shots for UND.
Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) was one of six Wildcats with multiple points as she recorded three assists.
New Hampshire concludes the two-game weekend series at North Dakota on Nov. 2. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 7 vs. St. Lawrence University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.