BURLINGTON, Vt. – Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) made 27 saves to record her first shutout of the season and backbone the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-0 Hockey East victory against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
UNH claimed sole possession of sixth place in the league standings – the top six teams qualify for the Hockey East tournament – by improving to 7-12-0 in Hockey East with two games remaining. The Wildcats are now 14-15-1 overall. UVM, which had won three consecutive games, is 7-15-9 overall and 4-11-4 in the league.
Herman made 10 saves in both the second and third periods, as well as seven in the first, to earn her 15th career shutout, and that total ranks fourth on UNH's career leaderboard. Two of the third-period saves were recorded against Catamount Tedy Fortin in the final 2:03 of the game while Vermont skated with an extra attacker.
UVM goalie Roxanne Douville was credited with 19 saves.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 8:38 of the first period on an unassisted goal by Maggie Hunt (Naperville, Ill.); it was her second goal of the season.
UNH led by that one-goal margin at the first intermission despite being outshot 7-2.
The Wildcats extended the advantage to 2-0 at 8:20 of the second period when Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) was credited with an assist, her team-best 11th of the season.
UNH recorded a 13-10 shot advantage in the scoreless third period. In the last 2:03 of the game, in addition to Fortin's two shots on goal, the Catamounts had two other attempted shots blocked, another wide and one in the closing seconds by Saleah Morrison ricochet off the pipe.
With one point apiece, Lavoie and O'Neill remain tied atop UNH's point leaderboard with 19.
UNH's penalty kill did not allow a goal on five UVM power-play opportunities. The Wildcats' penalty kill is perfect each of the last five games (24 opponent power plays in that span).
New Hampshire concludes the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Boston College. The teams face off at BC's Conte Forum on Feb. 19 and UNH's Senior Day at the Whittemore Center is Feb. 20. Both games begin at 2 p.m.