BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore forward Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) tallied a pair of goals as the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team rallied past the University of Vermont, 4-2, Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Wildcats to 11-14-2 on the year and to 7-7-1 in Hockey East action while the Catamounts fall to 7-16-3 overall and to 5-7-3 in conference action.
Vermont's Kellie Dineen gave the Catamounts an early 1-0 lead just 38 seconds into the first period as she tallied her fifth goal of the year. Gina Repaci tallied the first assist on the play as Erin Wente notched the second. Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) responded at the 7:08 mark of the first with her sixth goal of the season on a power play. Senior Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) started the play as she sent the puck to classmate Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario). Lavoie found Armstrong who then put it away to level the game at 1-1.
The Wildcats had a dominant start on offense in the first period, outshooting the Catamounts by a margin of 10-6. Through one period of play, the score was deadlocked at 1-1.
Armstrong and Lavoie connected again at 15:23 of the second period when Armstrong tallied her second goal of the game and seventh of the year. Lavoie tallied her second assist of the game and twelfth of the season on the play.
Both teams had an offensively productive second period as a total of 22 shots on goal were taken in the period. UNH converted on one of its twelve in the period while Vermont was stopped on all 10 by Wildcat netminder Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec). Through two periods of play, New Hampshire held a 2-1 lead.
The Catamounts opened up the third period with goal number two at the 2:02 mark of the stanza. Valerie Stoul recorded her first goal of the season on the play while Repaci tallied her second assist of the game and Delia McNally notched her first.
Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead with a power play goal at 13:04 in the third period. Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) and Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) each registered assists on the play. Lavoie gave the Wildcats some extra breathing room with 36 seconds left in the game when she tallied her seventh goal of the season on an empty net. O'Neill and Chappell assisted Lavoie on the play. As the clock struck zero, the Wildcats picked up a 4-2 victory over Vermont.
Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) started the game in net for New Hampshire but was replaced by Jean after 38 seconds of play. Gilligan made two saves on the three shots she faced. Jean made 18 saves in relief on 19 shots faced and picked up her first win of the season, improving her record to 1-1-1. Vermont's Roxanne Douville got the loss in net after making 29 saves on 33 shots faced. Her record falls to 5-13-3 on the year.
The Wildcats took advantage on the power play, registering two goals in four opportunities while Vermont was held to 0-for-4 with the advantage.
New Hampshire returns to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 9 when they travel to Boston University to wrap up the season series with the Terriers. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.