November 12, 2011

Horn, Gifford Record Two Points Apiece, Women's Hockey Defeated 5-2 at #5 Boston U.

BOSTON  -- Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) and Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) recorded two points apiece, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 5-2 Saturday afternoon by fifth-ranked Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. 

UNH is now 4-5-2 overall and 0-3-1 in Hockey East while BU improves to 7-4-1, 2-1-0. 

Horn finished with a goal and an assist while Gifford increased her team-high assist total to seven with a two-assist effort. Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) was UNH's other goal scorer. Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) matched her personal best of 28 saves. 

BU netminder Kerrin Sperry made 10 of her 18 saves in the first period. Isabel Menard (two goals, assist) and Kasey Boucher (two assists) led the Terriers' offense.

 

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 8:42 of the first period on Kashman's fourth goal of the season, a deflection of Horn's shot. Gifford was also credited with and assist. 

New Hampshire carried that one-goal advantage into the first intermission as the shots were even at 11. 

BU netted the only three goals – one shorthanded, power-play and even-strength goal – of the second stanza to build a 3-1 lead. The Terriers opened the second period shorthanded, but Jill Cardella, with the assistance of Kayla Tutino and Boucher, struck at 1:39 to level the score. It marked the first shorthanded tally against the 'Cats this season. 

Kaleigh Fratkin gave the Terriers a lead it would not relinquish, 2-1, on a power-play goal at 8:40 and Menard scored with 1:13 remaining in the second period to give BU a 3-1 advantage.

 

The Wildcats went on their sixth power play of the game and capitalized on the skater advantage to pull within 3-2 on Horn's team-leading sixth goal of the season at 5:58. Gifford earned an assist on the play. 

Boston University reestablished a two-goal lead of 4-2 at 14:26 on Caroline Campbell's first goal of the year. BU continued to pressure and forced Gilligan into stops against Sarah Bayersdorfer, Menard and Fratkin (twice) in the next three minutes. 

UNH pulled Gilliagan in favor of an extra skater with 1:34 remaining, but a shot by Jenna Lascelle (Corwall, Ontario) was blocked by a Terrier skater and Menard scored and empty-net goal at 19:11 to give BU a 5-2 lead. 

The Terriers recorded the shot advantage in both the second (10-3) and third (12-6) periods to finish with an overall edge of 33-20. UNH was 2-for-5 on the power play while BU converted 1 of 5 power-play opportunities.

 

New Hampshire plays the third of five consecutive road games Nov. 13 (2 p.m.) at Providence College. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 25 (7 p.m.) against the University of Maine.

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