DURHAM, N.H. – Lizzie Keady broke a 1-1 tie at 3:05 of the third period to lift the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 victory against top-ranked University of New Hampshire in a non-conference game at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which entered the game with the nation’s longest winning – and unbeaten – streak of eight games, is now 9-2-0 overall. Princeton completed a weekend sweep of Hockey East competition – the Tigers were 4-2 victors at Boston University on Saturday – to improve to 3-3-2.
Princeton took a 1-0 lead at 14:01 of the first period when Sonja Novak’s centering pass from deep on the right wing caromed off UNH goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) and trickled across the goal line. Sasha Sherry, with the outlet pass through the neutral zone, and Jenna Hauca were credited with assists.
That marked just the second time this season that UNH surrendered the game’s first goal, and the Wildcats also lost the previous game (at nationally-ranked St. Lawrence University on Oct. 6).
Despite being outshot 6-2 in the first period, Princeton held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. UNH had not trailed through 20 minutes of play prior to Sunday’s game.
The Tigers had a dangerous shorthanded breakaway scoring opportunity at 12:30 of the middle stanza, but Keady’s shot from the slot sailed high and left of the net.
UNH generated a shorthanded bid late in the period. Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) collected Courtney Birchard’s (Mississauga, Ontario) outlet pass up the left boards, broke in alone through the circle and dragged the puck low across the slot, but Princeton goalie Kristen Young slid across the crease and stopped the shot at the right post.
The Wildcats pulled even, 1-1, with a power-play goal at 18:40. Deep on the left side, Maggie Joyce (Hudson, Ohio) lifted a centering pass into the slot, where Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) settled the puck and fired a shot into the net.
Princeton regained the lead early in the final frame. Katherine Dineen carried the puck into the slot and slid a pass to Brittany Salmon in the right circle. She then quickly sent a crossing pass towards the left post and Keady tipped the puck into the upper shelf.
Young preserved the visitor’s one-goal lead as Steph Holmes (Rye, N.Y.) rushed down the right wing and centered the puck for Birchard, who from the left slot took aim at the right post but was denied by Young’s outstretched left leg pad.
Midway through the period, Herman surrendered a rebound in front of the net to Keady, but recovered to deny that scoring chance.
UNH, already 1-for-4 on the power play in the game, gained another power-play opportunity at 14:30. The ‘Cats called time out but were unable to get a shot through to Young during that two-minute span.
Herman was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:40 to play and immediately generated a flurry in which Long was denied by Young on a shot from the right circle and, directly off that rebound, Julia Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland) had her shot attempt from the left faceoff dot blocked by the Tigers’ defense, which eventually cleared the loose puck from the low slot.
The Wildcats were called for a penalty with 52 seconds remaining, which forced Herman to re-enter the game. UNH attempted a few long outlet passes while shorthanded but could not connect to create a breakaway opportunity.
Herman recorded half of her 12 saves in the third period. Young finished with 21 saves, including nine in the second stanza.
New Hampshire continues its eight-game homestand Nov. 17-18 against defending champion University of Wisconsin. Saturday’s game begins at 5 p.m. and the teams face off again Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 866-WILDCAT. Video will be available online at UNHwildcats.tv.