November 6, 2010

WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY TAKES DOWN VERMONT, 2-0

LINDSEY MINTON

DURHAM, N.H.Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) both recorded a goal and an assist and goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) made 21 saves as the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team blanked the University of Vermont, 2-0, in Saturday evening's Hockey East contest at the Whittemore Center.

The Wildcats improve to 8-2-0 on the season, including 2-0-0 in Hockey East play, with their seventh consecutive victory while the Catamounts fall to 1-4-4 overall and 0-4-1 in the conference.

The Wildcats struck first in the contest when O'Neill crossed a pass from the left circle to the doorstep for Lavoie, who chipped in a shot that beat UVM netminder Roxanne Douville glove side at 11:32 of the first stanza. Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario) was also credited with an assist on the play.

New Hampshire would add to its lead in the second frame, as Douville left the net to redirect the puck up ice. Lavoie stole the puck from Douville and a UVM defender before quickly sending it to an oncoming O'Neill, who touched up the pass and sent it into the open net at 5:18, pushing UNH's lead to 2-0 at the end of two frames. Farris was also credited with an assist to finish with personal bests in both assists (two) and points (two).

Minton made 10 of her 21 saves in the middle stanza, while Douville stopped 24 shots, including 11 in the third. It marked the third consecutive shutout for Minton, who has not allowed a goal in 193 minutes, 28 seconds.

UNH held a 26-21 shot advantage, including 9-4 in the opening period. The last time the 'Cats shut out three consecutive opponents was February 2008.

New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Nov. 7, when they take on Boston University at Walter Brown Arena at 4 p.m. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 13 (2 p.m.) vs. UConn.

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