New Hampshire Edges Northeastern, 2-1
Sophomore forward Cassandra Vilgrain scores game-winner for Wildcats

Sophomore forward Cassandra Vilgrain scored for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 7:04  UNH1-0 PP Nicoline Jensen (6)Caroline Broderick/6
2nd 10:11  NOE1-1 EV Lauren Kelly (7)Denisa Křížová/17, Colleen Murphy/8
3rd 0:17  UNH2-1 EV GW Cassandra Vilgrain (5)Amy Boucher/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
New Hampshire  0112
Northeastern  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
New Hampshire  1412935
Northeastern  12121741
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (10-21-3)  1/3 5/10 0
Northeastern (12-16-5)  0/4 4/8 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ashley Wilkes (W, 2-5-0)60:001 12111740
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chloé Desjardins (L, 11-14-4)59:072 1411833
Empty Net0:530     

BOSTON - New Hampshire goaltender Ashley Wilkes made 40 saves to backstop the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the Northeastern women's hockey team on Friday in game one of the Hockey East quarterfinals at Matthews Arena.

Freshman Lauren Kelly scored for Northeastern (12-16-5) in the second period, but goals by Nicoline Jensen and Cassandra Vilgrain saw UNH (10-21-3) through to a hard-earned victory on the road.

The result snapped a seven-game winning streak for NU over UNH; the teams will square off in game two of the best-of-three series on Saturday at Matthews Arena with the Huskies needing a win to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Senior Chloe Desjardins played a strong game with 33 saves, including 14 in the opening period.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Wildcats struck first with a power-play goal early in the second stanza. Desjardins did well to initially deny a pair of Caroline Broderick shots at the right of the net, but Jensen was able to cash in on a third try, sliding the puck behind the Huskies' netminder from the low slot to make it 1-0 Wildcats at the 7:04 mark.

Northeastern responded just over three minutes later. On a 4-on-4 situation, freshman Denisa Krizova was able to elude a defender in the right corner, before slipping a perfect pass across the crease to a pinching Kelly for a one-timer that beat Wilkes to make it 1-1 with 9:49 remaining in the period.

The scoreline held into the third period, when UNH grabbed the lead for good. Just 17 seconds into the frame, Cassandra Vilgrain took a feed from Amy Boucher at the top of the left circle and fired a shot inside the right post to make it 2-1 for the visitors.

Northeastern threw 17 pucks at the net in the final period, but Wilkes stood tall to deny the Huskies an equalizer.

Junior Kendall Coyne led all players with 12 shots on goal, including nine in the third period alone.

The Huskies will look to force a deciding game three when they take the ice in game two of the quarterfinal series on Saturday at Matthews Arena at 2 p.m.

Game Notes

- Northeastern had its seven-game winning streak against UNH snapped.

- The Huskies have allowed two goals or less in each of the last four games.

- NU fell to 0-2 all-time against UNH in the Hockey East playoffs.

- Krizova extended her point-streak to five straight games (3-5-8 during that span).