UNH extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) with its fifth consecutive win to improve to
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission on Faber’s pair of goals.. She gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at on a 2-on-1 breakaway in which she carried the puck in from the right point to the circle and flipped the puck into the upper-right corner of the net. Long set up the odd-man rush with the outlet pass in the neutral zone.
Faber struck again at to increase the advantage to two goals. Long carried the puck into the zone in the slot and moved the puck to the left circle, where Faber made a centering pass to Kelly Paton (
UConn had a 5-on-3 power-play for the last of the opening stanza, but the Huskies managed just two shots in that time and were unable to sustain offensive pressure..
In a scoreless second period, UNH recorded a 6-2 shot advantage. UConn’s most dangerous scoring opportunity came at 8:30 when Jaclyn Hawkins’ shot from the right circle caromed off the near post and off the rebound Dominque Thibault was denied in the slot by Bourdon.
The Wildcats effectively cycled the puck to control possession and generate 18 third-period shots, but a strong individual effort by Natalie Vibert pulled the home team within 2-1 at . She eluded three Wildcat skaters in the neutral zone along the right boards before firing a shot from the right circle.
UConn called time out with 2:04 remaining, but UNH won the ensuing faceoff and cycled the puck in the offensive zone before Huskies’ goalie Brittany Wilson (32 saves) covered the puck with 40 seconds to play. UNH again won the faceoff and 19 seconds ran off the clock before
UNH’s penalty kill went 5-for-5 and has killed off 31 consecutive shorthanded situations.
The two assists marked Long’s first multiple-assist game of her career.