Women's Hockey Falls to No. 9 Northeastern
DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell to the ninth-ranked Northeastern University Saturday afternoon, 8-1. The loss puts the Wildcats at 6-10-1 on the year and 3-3-1 in Hockey East play while Northeastern improves to 9-4-2 overall and 5-3-1 in conference action.
The Wildcats were first to strike in the opening stanza when freshman Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) carried the puck down the right wing and sent a shot at Northeastern netminder Chloe Desjardins. Desjardins made the initial save, but bobbled the rebound as the puck went over her shoulder and into the net. Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) started the play with a pass behind the net to Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) who in turn sent a wall pass off the glass and up the ice to Redlick.
With New Hampshire skating down a player, Katie MacSorley got the Huskies on the board with a power play goal at the 14:42 mark of the first period. Kelly Wallace sent the puck to Tori Hickel to tally assists on the play. MacSorley received the puck in a scramble in front of the net and poked it past UNH's Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) for the goal. Just 14 seconds later, Northeastern garnered its first lead of the game when Rachel Llanes netted her seventh goal of the season with a point-blank shot from just outside the crease. Kendall Coyne tallied the assist on the play.
After one period, the Huskies held a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies extended their lead in the second period with a three-goal performance. Brittany Esposito tallied the first goal of the period in an unassisted play. Maggie DiMasi tallied the fourth goal of the game at 10:43 with assists by Coyne and Casey Pickett while Coyne tallied her third point of the game with the third goal of the period and fifth of the game for Northeastern. She was assisted by Pickett and Ann Doherty on the play. Coyne took a shot from the right side of the net and beat Vaattovaara on the top right side of the net.
Northeastern matched its second period goal total in the third period with a trio of even strength goals. DiMasi started the scoring in the period at 2:09 with her second of the game. She was assisted by Lucie Povova and Claire Santostefano. DiMasi notched the goak with a blast from just inside the blue line. Casie Fields tallied the next goal for Northeastern at 12:58 in the period. Pickett started the play to record the assist. Santostefano capped off the scoring with her second point of the day with a goal at 15:42 of the period. Povova tallied her second assist of the game on the play. After three periods of play, the score was finalized at 8-1.
Vaattovaara received the loss in net for the Wildcats after making 26 saves on 34 shots faced. Her record falls to 3-8-0. Desjardins recorded 23 saves on the 24 shots faced in the game and improved her record to 9-4-2 on the year.
The two teams will be back at it Sunday when they travel to Northeastern for an afternoon game. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.