|2nd||1:29||NOE||1-0||EV GW||Hayley Scamurra (1)||Paige Savage/2, Kendall Coyne/6|
|3rd||1:06||NOE||2-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (5)||Hayley Scamurra/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-7-1)||0/4||2/4||0|
|Chloé Desjardins (W, 2-3-3)||60:00||0||10||5||13||28|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 2-7-1)||57:29||2||4||11||2||17|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team recorded a 28-19 shot advantage, including 13-3 in the third period, but Northeastern University skated to a 2-0 Hockey East victory Thursday night at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 2-7-1 overall and 0-3-0 in Hockey East while Northeastern improved to 2-3-3, 1-1-0.
UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) recorded 11 of her 17 saves in the second period. NU counterpart Chloe Desjardins recorded double-digit saves in both the first (10) and third (13) as part of her 28-save shutout performance.
Kendall Coyne led the Huskies' offense with a goal and an assist. Hayley Scamurra netted the other goal and Paige Savage was also credited with on assist.
In the opening minute of the game, NU's Dinia Krizova slipped behind the Wildcats on a line change for a breakaway down the slot. She attempted to deke Vaattovaara at the top of the crease, but she was denied.
In the third minute of the game, Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) corralled a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot that Desjardins knocked down and covered. Two minutes later, Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) snapped a centering pass from the right corner that slid back to the left point, where Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) fired a slap shot that Desjardins stopped.
NU quickly advanced the puck to the other end of the ice and Coyne's hard wrister from the slot sailed wide left of the cage. She followed her shot, however, and from the left doorstep sent the puck across the crease and wide of the far post.
With nine minutes remaining in the first period, an NU skater lost her balance in the high slot while gathering a pass. Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) gained possession and skated down the middle of the ice for a clean breakaway. In the low slot, she shifted to her backhand but she was stoned at the right post by Desjardins.
Four minutes later, the Wildcats gained center ice and dumped the puck into the attack zone. A pair of NU skaters retreated slowly, which allowed Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) to corral the rebound off the end boards and fire a shot into Desjardins' midsection.
The teams skated to a scoreless first period with UNH holding a 10-4 shot advantage.
Northeastern struck early in the second stanza to take a 1-0 lead. Coyne carried the puck into the zone at the right point and left a drop pass for Savage, who then snapped a diagonal pass to Scamurra alone at the left post and she lifted the puck into the net at 1:29.
Two minutes later, UNH's Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) blasted a shot from the high slot through traffic that Desjardins did not see, but stopped with her leg pads.
NU went on the power play at 8:57, but the Wildcats' penalty kill allowed just one shot, and Vaattovaara stopped that bid off the stick of Jordan Krause.
New Hampshire went on its first power play of the game at 12:46, but did not record a shot before the skater advantage was nullified by a UNH penalty at 13:38. The 'Cats went back on the power play - a 4-on-3 advantage - when the visitors were whistled for diving at 14:01. Once again, the Wildcats did not tally a shot before the initial penalty expired at 14:46. New Hampshire then began its next power play of 33 seconds when Schlagel finished serving her hooking penalty at 15:28. Boucher was denied by Desjardins in the low slot, then the visitors returned to even strength.
NU ousthot the hosts 12-5 in the second stanza.
At the start of the third period, once again pressured early and extended the advantage to 2-0 at 1:06. Coyne stole the puck deep on the left boards and advanced alone to the top of the crease, where she tucked a shot inside the right post.
On minute later, Ryan collected a pass in the high slot and took advantage of the open space in front of her before snapping a wrister from the hashmarks wide left. Another minute passed before Hayley Masters was stoned at the right doorstep by Vaattovaara.
New Hampshire went on its third power play of the game at 8:40. As it expired, there was a faceoff to Desjardins' right and the puck ricocheted to the slot, where Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) lifted a shot over the crossbar.
With four minutes remaining in regulation, Halle Silva's shot from the slot sailed through traffic and caromed off Vaattovaara's left shoulder over the net.
UNH pulled Vaattovaara in favor of an extra attacker with 3:10 on the clock. Desjardins kept the 'Cats out of the scoring column, but moments later Savage was whistled for checking at 17:08.
Vaattovaara reentered the game at that point, but returned to the bench at 17:47 to give UNH a two-skater advantage. NU's penalty kill unit did not allow a shot, however. The Wildcats continued to play with an empty net when the Huskies returned to full strength at 19:08. Desjardins turned aside shots by Schlagel and Curtis from the left circle in the next 25 seconds to preserve the shutout.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 2 (3 p.m.) at No. 6/7 Boston University. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 8 (2 p.m.) against the University of Vermont.