NORTHEASTERN PICKS UP 3-3 TIE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Freshman forward Kendall Coyne nets two goals - including game-tying goal - for Huskies
DURHAM, N.H. - Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario) tallied a goal and an assist, while Emma Clark (East Barre, Vt.) dished out two assist to lead the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to a 3-3 overtime tie with 10th-ranked Northeastern University in Hockey East action at Whittemore Center on Saturday afternoon.
UNH moves to 6-9-6 overall with a 0-5-2 mark in Hockey East, while Northeastern is now 11-4-1, 6-2-1 HE.
The Huskies struck first at 7:10 of the first period as Stephanie Gavronsky dumped the puck on net from the high slot that took a fortunate hop for NU bouncing in off the pads of Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia). Katie MacSorley and Claire Santostefano assisted on the goal. Northeastern doubled its lead at 14:26 of the period when Kendall Coyne scored off the rebound of her own shot. Brittany Esposito intercepted a UNH clear attempt and shoveled the puck in to Coyne who netted her 11th of the season. The Wildcats cut the deficit in half just over two minutes when Brynja Bogan (Germantown, Md.) potted her first collegiate goal at 16:27. Bogan fired a one-timer from the right point that was deflected in through traffic and past NU netminder Florence Schelling. Bryanna Farris and Emma Clark assisted on the goal. UNH held a 9-8 shot advantage in the first stanza.
The Wildcats netted the equalizer at 11:05 of the second period. Farris kept the puck alive in the offensive zone preventing a Husky clear and found Clark. Clark slid the puck between two defenders setup Farris for a wrister that found the back of the net. NU held a 10-5 shot advantage in the period. Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) replaced Gilligan in net for New Hampshire to start the second stanza and would play the remainder between the pipes for the 'Cats.
Each team potted a power play goal just 66 seconds apart in the early minutes of the third period. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) stole the puck from a Northeastern defender and made a nifty play to score an unassisted goal on a backhander at 5:08. The Huskies scored the game's final goal at 6:16 as Kendall Coyne redirected a Stephanie Gavronsky shot from the right point into the net past Minton. Casey Pickett also assisted on the goal. Both teams would have chances in the finals of the third including a nifty save by Minton on a Brittany Esposito 2-on-1 bid during power play time in the final two minutes of the third. NU held a 14-8 edge in the third.
Neither team were able to break the deadlock during a five-minute overtime period. The Huskies held a 3-1 shot advantage in the overtime and a 35-23 edge for the contest.
UNH was 1-5 on the power play, while Northeastern was 1-6 on the man-advantage.
Gilligan stopped six-of-eight shots in the first period. Minton had 26 saves in 44:16 of action in the final two periods and overtime moving to 1-2-1 on the season. Schelling is now 10-4-1 after turning away 20 shots in 64:55 of action.
UNH and Northeastern complete the home-and-home series Sunday, Dec.4 at Matthews Arena (2 p.m.). New Hampshire's next home game is Sunday, Dec. 11 against in-state rival Dartmouth College. Tickets to the Dartmouth game are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.