|1st||14:22||QUI||1-0||EV||Meghan Turner (1)||Nicole Brown/3|
|2nd||0:24||QUI||2-0||EV GW||Shiann Darkangelo (2)||Erica Udén Johansson/3, Nicole Kosta/4|
|2nd||7:43||QUI||3-0||EV||Taylar Cianfarano (6)||Morgan Fritz-Ward/3, Nicole Connery/2|
|2nd||11:49||UNH||1-3||EV||Brittney Redlick (1)||Kayla Mork/4|
|3rd||3:49||QUI||4-1||EV||Danielle Marmer (1)||Kristen Tamberg/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-5-1)||0/3||2/4||0|
|Chelsea Laden (W, 5-0-0)||60:00||1||2||5||8||15|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 2-5-1)||60:00||4||12||14||8||34|
DURHAM, N.H. - Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) scored a goal in her season debut and Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 34 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 4-1 Friday night by No. 7 Quinnipiac University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 2-5-1 overall. Quinnipiac, which had allowed just one goal the previous five games, remains unbeaten at 5-0-1.
Vaattovaara recorded double digit saves in both the first (12) and second (14) periods as part of her 34-save effort. The Bobcats' Chelsea Laden, who entered the game with a perfect 0.00 goals-against-average, made eight of her 15 saves in the third period.
Meghan Turner, Shiann Darkangelo, Taylar Cianfarano and Danielle Marmer netted the QU goals and six other skaters recorded one assist apiece.
Neither team generated much offense the opening 10 minutes of the game - the visitors held a 6-0 shot advantage at that point. Turner gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead at 14:22 of the first period when she skated from the right wing to the top of the crease and backhanded a low shot between Vaattovaara's legs; Nicole Brown set up the tally.
The visitors closed with a flurry in the closing seconds, but Vaattovaara denied Cianfarano, Nicole Connery and Cianfarano again at the left doorstep a moment before the buzzer sounded.
QU took a 1-0 lead and 13-2 shot advantage into the first intermission.
The Bobcats quickly extended the margin to two goals when Darkangelo scored 24 seconds into the second stanza. Erica Uden Johansson received Nicole Kosta's pass in the slot and quickly slid the puck to the left doorstep, where Darkangelo deposited a shot into the open near side.
Cianfarano, with the assistance of Morgan Fritz-Ward and Connery, gave Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead at 7:43.
New Hampshire was whistled for interference at 9:39, but Vaattovaara kept the 'Cats within three goals with saves against Uden Johansson and Emma Woods. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in the nation in penalty kill (to Quinnipiac), pulled within 3-1 only 10 seconds after returning to full strength. Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and lead a 2-on-1 rush down the right wing. From the circle, she feathered a centering pass that the charging Redlick settled and then wristed a shot inside the right post at 11:49. It was Mork's team-leading fourth assist of the season.
Vaattovaara made five more stops before UNH went on its first power play of the game at 17:09 of the second period. Laden turned aside all three Wildcats' power-play shots, including one by Mork at the right doorstep; the others by Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) and Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) were from the perimeter on the right wing.
Early in the third period, it was the Bobcats who scored shortly after a successful penalty kill. Quinnipiac was called for hooking at 1:31, but Marmer scored 18 seconds after UNH's power play expired to give QU a 4-1 lead at 3:49.
Quinnipiac recorded an 8-7 shot advantage the rest of the game.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Oct. 26 (2 p.m.) at intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 30 (7 p.m.) against Hockey East foe Northeastern University.