DURHAM, N.H. - Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) recorded her fourth career hat trick to propel the No. 9 University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-3 non-conference victory against No. 5 St. Lawrence University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 3-2-1 overall and is 1-0-1 in Hockey East. St. Lawrence, which recorded a 2-1 overtime victory against the Wildcats on Friday at the Whittemore Center, is now 4-3-1 overall (0-0-0 ECAC).
Jones gave UNH a 1-0 lead at 8:21 of the first period with a power-play goal as she collected a pass in the neutral zone from Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.; three assists), forced her way past a defenseman in the left circle and fired a shot that trickled into the net.
The 'Cats led 1-0 and quickly took control of the game in the middle stanza. Utilizing her speed, Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) generated an odd-man rush in which she maneuvered around the defense at the left circle and found a hole between the goaltender's legs for a 2-0 lead at 1:16. Jones extended the advantage to 3-0 at 4:14 when she scored on a breakaway on a shot to the upper-shelf. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.), who also sprung Bernhard, set up the goal with a pass from the defensive zone.
SLU, which had been unbeaten vs. UNH in the previous eight meetings (7-0-1), pulled within 3-1 just 59 seconds later when Lindsay Charlebois' centering pass from the right circle was redirected into the goal by Rebecca Russell.
UNH, which held a 14-5 shot advantage in the second period and 28-21 in the game, regained control with power-play goals 1:40 apart by Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.; two goals) and Jones at 9:11 and 10:51, respectively.
The Wildcats, who were 4-for-8 on the power play, extended their lead to 6-1 on Edgar's power-play tally 28 seconds into the third period. Kristen Thomas (Wilimington, Mass.) set up both of Edgar's goals.
The visitors trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with a pair of shorthanded goals. Emilie Berlinguette scored from the low slot at 3:04, then Chelsea Grills struck from close range at 8:24. St. Lawrence had three more power-play opportunities the rest of the way, but UNH maintained its three-goal lead.
UNH goaltender Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) improved to 3-1-0 with 18 saves, eight of which came in the third period. SLU's Rachel Barrie stopped 22 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 15 (2 p.m.) at Princeton University. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 20 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.