|2nd||7:04||UNH||1-0||PP||Nicoline Jensen (6)||Caroline Broderick/6|
|2nd||10:11||NOE||1-1||EV||Lauren Kelly (7)||Denisa Křížová/17, Colleen Murphy/8|
|3rd||0:17||UNH||2-1||EV GW||Cassandra Vilgrain (5)||Amy Boucher/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (10-21-3)||1/3||5/10||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ashley Wilkes (W, 2-5-0)||60:00||1||12||11||17||40|
|Chloé Desjardins (L, 11-14-4)||59:07||2||14||11||8||33|
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.
- 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).