|3rd||6:54||MNE||1-0||PP GW||Brooke Stacey (3)||Victoria Hummel/2, Hailey Browne/10|
|3rd||17:44||MNE||2-0||EV||Hailey Browne (6)||Jennifer More/5|
|3rd||19:58||MNE||3-0||EV EN||Audra Richards (8)||Brittany Huneke/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (7-18-1)||0/2||3/6||0|
|Meghann Treacy (W, 9-11-2)||60:00||0||11||15||10||36|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 6-15-1)||58:03||2||5||9||5||19|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team recorded a 36-22 shot advantage but fell to the University of Maine scored three third-period goals to record a 3-0 victory Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 7-18-0 overall and 4-10-0 in Hockey East. Maine, which defeated the Wildcats 2-1 on its home ice in the season opener, improved to 10-12-3, 9-5-1.
New Hampshire goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made nine of her 19 saves in the second period. Maine counterpart Meghann Treacy recorded double-digit saves all three periods (11-15-10) to finish with a 36-save shutout performance.
Hailey Browne led the Black Bears' offense with a goal and an assist. Brooke Stacey and Audra Richards scored the other goals.
Maine went on a power play at 5:27 of the third period, but moments later Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) led a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush down the right wing, but her shot from the faceoff dot was steered aside by Treacy.
The Black Bears, however, regrouped and converted that power-play opportunity into a 1-0 lead at 6:54. Browne and Victoria Hummel cycled the puck in the right circle and slot. Hummel lost possession as she curled down the slot but Stacey, alone in the low slot, collected the puck and her low shot trickled past Vaattovaara into the net.
In the 12th minute, Margo Lund (St. Paul, Minn.) led a rush on the right wing and her diagonal pass found Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) low on the left side and she shoveled a backhander wide of the near post.
On minute later, Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) blasted a slapshot from the left point that Treacy followed through traffic in front to make the save. With five minutes remaining in regulation, Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) snapped a hard pass into the slot and Lund jabbed a forceful redirection on target, but Treacy was in position to preserve the one-goal lead.
Browne led a 4-on-1 rush into the left circle and struck a rising shot under the crossbar to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead at 17:44. Jennifer More was credited with an assist.
Vaattovaara was pulled in favor of an extra skater moments after the ensuing faceoff. She was forced to reenter with 43 seconds on the clock, then went back to the bench with 29 seconds on the clock. From the defensive zone, Richards shot the puck into the empty net with two seconds left to extend the advantage to 3-0.
The 'Cats recorded an 11-5 shot advantage in the scoreless first period. One of the best scoring chances came in the opening minute, when Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) was alone in the slot and wrister a rising shot that Treacy knocked aside with her blocker.
Both teams generated a higher number of quality scoring opportunities in the second stanza. In the fifth minute, Schlagel corralled a loose puck in the slot and snapped a backhand into Treacy.
UNH went on its second power play of the game at 7:04 and, one minute later, Carlson slipped a pass from the right point to the slot, where Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) fired a shot stopped and covered by Treacy.
In the 12th minute, Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) won possession in the right corner and fed a pass to Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.). She skated behind the net and worked her way off the end boards for a shot paddled down by Treacy. Mork gathered the rebound and snapped a shot wide that Treacy snared.
Moments later, Morgan Sakundiak led a Maine rush down the left wing and was stopped at the doorstep. The rebound was loose in a scrum in front of the net, but Vaattovaara once again denied Sakundiak.
New Hampshire peppered Treacy in the 18th minute. Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario) initiated the sequence with a blast from the right point. The puck hit Treacy's leg pad and trickled wide of the right post. Vilgrain followed with a shot deep on the left wing, but she too was turned aside by Treacy.
UNH had a 15-9 shot advantage in the second period for a 26-14 edge through 40 minutes.
New Hampshire and Maine conclude the weekend and season series Feb. 1 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.