PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University scored three consecutive goals and fended off the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team in the waning minutes to record a 3-2 non-conference victory at Meehan Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for UNH, now 4-1-0 overall. Brown improved to 1-1-0.
The Wildcats opened strong in the first period with a 14-3 shot advantage to build a 1-0 lead. Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.), a three-year letterwinner at Brown, recorded her first point as a Wildcat with a power-play goal at 5:06 of the opening stanza. Jessica Zerafa (Mississauga, Ontario) and Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) were credited with assists.
The Bears evened the score, 1-1, on a Margaret Ramsay power-play tally at 6:40. Brown took a 2-1 lead 20 seconds into the third period on a goal by Hayley Moore, and it marked the first time all season that UNH trailed in a game. The home team extended its advantage to 3-1 on a Kim McManus power-play goal at 13:28.
UNH pulled within 3-2 with 2:21 remaining in the game when the 'Cats pulled Bourdon for an extra skater and Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) netted her second goal of the season. Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) set up the goal.
New Hampshire continued to generate offensive pressure but could not score the game-tying goal.
Bourdon finished with 18 saves, including eight in the third period. O'Hara Shipe recorded 21 saves, 13 of which came in the opening stanza.
UNH returns to action Nov. 4 at home vs. Hockey East rival Boston College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.