No. 5 UNH women's ice hockey edged by No. 2 Dartmouth, 3-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- Katie Weatherston scored three goals - two on the power play and one shorthanded - to lift the second-ranked Dartmouth College women's ice hockey team to Wednesday night's 3-1 non-conference victory against fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which entered the game with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1), is now 13-4-2 this season. Dartmouth, which has won five consecutive games vs. the Wildcats, improved to 13-1-0.

Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 2:25 of the first period. Craig picked up a loose puck at the right point and swooped into the right corner. She cut across the circle unchecked and wristed a shot into the upper right corner of the goal for her seventh tally of the season. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) were credited with assists.

Dartmouth tied the game, 1-1, by converting a 2-on-1 breakaway into a shorthanded goal at 8:36 of the first frame. Cheryl Muranko carried the puck out of the defensive zone and rushed up-ice along the right dasher. She faked a shot from the right circle, which drew the defender, and made a centering pass to Weatherston, who swept the puck into the open net from the low slot.

UNH had an opportunity to regain the lead early in the second period when DC was whistled for a major penalty, but the Wildcats recorded just one shot on goal -- as well as a few wide and blocked by Dartmouth skaters -- during that five minute stretch.

The Big Green took a 2-1 lead less than two minutes after that successful penalty kill when Weatherston scored at 9:52. The initial shot by Cherie Piper was stopped by UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), but Weatherston was standing at the left doorstep and knocked the puck over Bourdon inside the right post.

DC extended the lead to 3-1 with 1:33 remaining in the second period when Weatherston, standing in front of the net, tipped Piper's shot from the high slot and jammed the rebound across the goal line.

With the Wildcats skating shorthanded early in the third period, Craig led a 3-on-1 breakaway on the right wing and her shot from the circle deflected off DC goalie Christine Capuano and sailed high of the crossbar.

Bourdon, who recorded 17 of her 30 saves in the second period, denied Krista Dornfried and Caroline Ethier when they broke free in front of the net in the waning minutes to keep the Wildcats' deficit at two.

Bourdon was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 18 seconds to play as the 'Cats pressured in the final minute but could not score.

New Hampshire continues its eight-game homestand Jan. 8 vs. Boston College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

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