January 30, 2010

#4 WOMEN'S HOCKEY UPENDS MAINE, 3-1

KRISTINE HORN

ORONO, MaineKristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) extended her goal-scoring streak to eight games and Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) pushed her point-scoring streak to 17 games to lead the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Saturday night’s 3-1 victory against the University of Maine in Hockey East action at Alfond Arena.

UNH, which completed the series sweep of the Black Bears to win its 14th straight in the series and extend the unbeaten streak vs. UM to 26 games (24-0-2), is now 15-4-5 overall and 9-3-2-0 in Hockey East. Maine is 6-15-5, 3-10-3-1.

Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas), in her first action since Jan. 8, recorded 19 saves, including 12 in the third period, and lost the shutout when Jennie Gallo netted a two-skater advantage goal with 45 seconds remaining in the game. UM counterpart Brittany Ott made double-digit saves all three periods (10-11-12) to finish with 33 overall.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 5:29 of the first period on Lavoie’s 13th goal of the year. Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.) set up the goal to mark her fifth consecutive game with an assist.

Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) scored a power-play goal with three seconds remaining in the first period to extend UNH’s advantage to 2-0. Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.) and Sarah Cuthbert (East Falmouth, Mass.) were credited with assists; it marked the second assist in as many nights for both Sheary and Cuthbert.

UNH recorded a 12-2 shot advantage and an 11-5 edge in the scoreless second stanza.

Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario), with the assistance of Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) and Long, netted her team-leading 14th goal of the season at 8:17 of the third period to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead.

With the Black Bears on the power play and Ott on the bench in favor of an extra skater, Gallo scored at 19:15 to trim the deficit to 3-1. Lexie Hoffmeyer and Jenna Ouellette set up the tally.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 6 against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

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