|1st||11:45||UNH||1-0||EV||Brooke Avery (1)||Jess Ryan/1, Ali Praus/1|
|2nd||8:06||UNH||2-0||PP||Nicoline Jensen (5)||Amy Schlagel/3, Sara Carlson/3|
|3rd||1:22||UNH||3-0||EV GW||Heather Kashman (3)||Sara Carlson/4|
|3rd||3:21||MNE||1-3||EV||Jennifer More (9)||Emilie Brigham/9|
|3rd||11:08||MNE||2-3||EV||Emilie Brigham (6)||Brooke Stacey/7|
|3rd||14:16||UNH||4-2||EV||Jonna Curtis (11)||Kayla Mork/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (8-18-1)||1/2||3/6||0|
|Meghann Treacy (L, 9-12-2)||41:12||3||15||19||1||35|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (W, 7-15-1)||60:00||2||5||5||8||18|
DURHAM, N.H. - Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) matched her personal best of two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 4-2 Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which recorded a 46-20 shot advantage, improved to 8-18-1 overall and 5-10-0 in Hockey East while Maine fell to 10-13-3, 9-6-1.
Carlson, who set up UNH's second and third goals, also equaled her career high of two points. Brooke Avery (Loudon, N.H.), Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark), Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) and Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) were the Wildcats' goal scorers.
UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 18 saves. Maine starting goalie Meghann Treacy made 19 of her 35 saves in the second period and exited the game when the 'Cats took a 3-0 lead at 1:22 of the third period. Mariah Fujimagari stopped 7 of 8 shots in her 16:38 relief stint.
In the eighth minute of the first period, Kashman blocked a shot and the puck ricocheted to center ice, where Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) gained possession and advanced behind the defense. She cut from the right wing to the low slot, but Treacy mirrored her across the crease to make the save. The rebound remained loose in a scrum a front and Mork pushed a shot on goal that was covered by Treacy. On the ensuing faceoff, Curtis drew the puck toward the slot and Jensen's one-time sailed wide left.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 11:45. Ali Praus (Long Lake, Minn.) fed a pass back to Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.), whose blast from the left point was stopped by Treacy. Avery corralled the rebound in the slot, however, and lifted a shot into the net for her first career goal and point. The assist also marked Praus' first career point.
The 'Cats carried that 1-0 lead into the first intermission with a 16-5 shot advantage.
In the second minute of the second stanza, Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario) rifled a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected of the top of Treacy's glove and landed on top of the cage.
Two minutes later, Maine's Eve Boissonneault stole the puck on the right halfboards and snapped a pass to the slot, where Morgan Sakundiak drove a low shot that was steered aside by Vaattovaara.
UNH went on the first power play of the game at 7:53 and converted that skater advantage into a goal and 2-0 lead at 8:06. Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) ripped a shot from the top of the right circle and Jensen, from the slot, deposited the rebound into the goal. Carlson was also credited with an assist.
In the 17th minute, Avery nearly scored her second goal of the game but her blast from the right circle caromed off the near post. One minute later, Curtis fought through a pair of Black Bears in the left circle to the slot before snapping a wrister that Treacy snared.
With 50 seconds left in the second period, Jensen drew a faceoff back to Curtis at the top of the right circle and her shot through traffic was blocked away by Treacy.
In the closing seconds, Schlagel's shot from the slot trickled past Treacy but a Maine defenseman cleared the puck off the goal line to keep the score 2-0 heading into the second intermission. UNH generated a 20-5 shot advantage in the second period for a 36-10 edge through 40 minutes.
Kashman scored off Carlson's rebound at 1:22 of the final frame to quickly extend the lead to 3-0.
Maine netted the next two goals to trim the deficit to 3-2. Emilie Brigham initiated the comeback when she led a rush through the left circle and from behind the net slipped a pass in front to Jennifer More, who shoveled the puck into the opent net at 3:21.
The Black Bears closed within 3-2 at 11:08 when Brigham slipped past a pair of Wildcats as she entered the attack zone and regained possession in the slot before firing a low shot past Vaattovaara. Brooke Stacey, with the outlet pass in the neutral zone, set up the tally.
UNH reestablished a two-goal lead of 4-2 at 14:16 when Curtis scored off a feed from Mork.
Maine called time out with 2:22 on the clock and pulled Fujimagari in favor of an extra skater 22 seconds later. UNH's Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) was whistled for interference with 1:32 remaining and Fufimagari remained on the bench to give the Black Bears a two-skater advantage. The Wildcats' penalty kill did not allow a shot the rest of the way, however, to preserve the victory.
The shots were even, 10-10, in the third period. UNH went 1-for-2 on the power play and Maine did not score on two power play opportunities.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 7 at home against Boston University and concludes its six-game homestand Feb. 8 vs. UConn. Both games begin at 2 p.m.