GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Alexia Gagnon-Laplante scored with 35 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the University of North Dakota women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-2 non-conference victory against the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It is the first loss of the season for UNH (2-1-1), which had defeated North Dakota 6-2 on Saturday. The Fighting Sioux ended a six-game losing streak and is now 1-6-1 on the year.
With the game tied, 2-2, Gagnon-Laplante netted an unassisted goal from the top of the slot to give UND its third lead of the game. UNH goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) was pulled with 30 seconds remaining, but the Wildcats did not net the equalizer.
North Dakota took a 1-0 lead at 7:57 of the first period when Liz Funk scored on a delayed penalty against UNH.
The Wildcats, who had a 22-3 shot advantage in the middle stanza, pulled even at 1-1 on a goal by Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba), her third of the weekend, at 3:39. UND went back in front, 2-1, on a Laura Cecko tally with 3:08 left in the second period.
New Hampshire, which finished the game with a 39-21 edge in shots, struck early in the final frame to tie the game, 2-2. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), who also assisted on Hekle's goal, set up the close-range goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) at 3:29.
Busa finished with 18 saves while UND counterpart Margaret-Ann Hinkley stopped 37 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 7 (7 p.m.) for a two-game home series against St. Lawrence University. The teams also play Nov. 9 (2 p.m.) at UNH's Whittemore Center.