|1st||5:05||REN||1-0||EV||Alexa Gruschow (1)||Brandi Banks/1|
|1st||8:34||UNH||1-1||EV||Heather Kashman (1)||Haley Breedlove/2, Sara Carlson/1|
|1st||13:16||UNH||2-1||EV GW||Haley Breedlove (1)||Kayla Mork/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-3-1)||0/1||5/10||0|
|Brianna Piper (L, 0-2-1)||58:44||2||4||9||7||20|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (W, 2-3-1)||60:00||1||7||6||7||20|
DURHAM, N.H. - Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) recorded a career-high two points, including scoring the game-winning goal, to lift the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 2-1 victory against Rensselaer at the Whittemore Center.
UNH won its home opener to extend its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) and improve to 2-3-1 overall. RPI is now 0-4-1.
Breedlove recorded a goal and an assist for her first career multiple-point game. Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) netted UNH's other goal, while assists also went to Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) and Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.), whose assist was her team-leading third of the season.
UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland), the reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, was credited with 20 saves. RPI counterpart Brianna Piper also stopped 20 shots and Alex Gruschow scored the Engineers' goal.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead at 5:05 of the first period when Gruschow won a faceoff to Vaattovaara's left. Banks controlled the puck at the right point and sent a pass up the boards corralled by Gruschow. She skated behind the net and scored on a wraparound at the left post for her first goal of the season.
The Wildcats leveled the score, 1-1, at 8:34 of the opening stanza. Along the left dashers, Carlson sent a back pass to the right point and Breedlove's shot was redirected in by Kashman. It marked Carlson's first point of the season and the first goal of the year for Kashman.
New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead less than five minute later at 13:16. Mork corralled the loose puck in the right corner, skated behind the net and snapped a pass to the slot, where Breedlove drove a rising shot into the cage.
UNH held that one-goal margin at the first intermission despite being outshot 8-6 the opening 20 minutes.
In the ninth minute of the second stanza, Breedlove gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone, shifted around an RPI skater to gain entry at the blue line and blasted a shot toward the right post that Piper knocked aside with her blocker.
Moments later, Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) was twice denied by Piper.
In the 12th minute, RPI's cycling in the attack zone produced a one-timer off the stick of Gruschow in the slot, but Vaattovaara enveloped the shot.
With 3:30 remaining in the second period, the Engineers generated a 2-on-1 rush in which Whitney Renn carried the puck into the top-left circle before sending a pass across to Laura Horwood, whose slapshot sailed wide left.
New Hampshire generated a 9-6 shot advantage in the second period for a 15-14 edge through40 minutes.
UNH's penalty kill, which entered the game a perfect 18 of 18 and successfully killed one Rensselaer power play in both the first and second periods, was tested in the third period.
One Wildcat skater was sent to the penalty box for interference at 5:26 and another followed for hooking at 6:01 to give the Engineers a 5-on-3 advantage for 1 minute, 26 seconds. Thirty seconds later, Ali Svoboda jammed at a loose puck at the top of the crease but Vaattovaara smothered the shot to preserve the 2-1 lead. With 30 seconds left on the two-skater advantage, Svoboda was once again denied at the front doorstep by Vaattovarra. UNH returned one player from the penalty box at 7:26 and RPI did not record a shot the remainder of the 35-second power play.
The visitors went back on the power play 38 seconds later, however, when the 'Cats were whistled for too many skaters on the ice for the second time in the game. Vaattovaara stopped the only shot she faced in that two-minute span.
UNH returned to full strength at 10:39, but 30 seconds later RPI generated a dangerous scoring chance when Mari Mankey won a faceoff cleanly back to the right point and Katie Rooney's shot through traffic was snared by Vaattovaara.
The Wildcats recorded a 3-2 shot advantage the next seven minutes, and then Piper was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 76 seconds to play. RPI reentered the offensive zone with one minute on the clock. Gruschow shoveled a low shot from the left circle that Horwood redirected high, but Vaattovaara flashed her glove hand to knock the puck over the crossbar with 25 seconds remaining.
UNH gained control and once again cleared the puck to center ice. The Engineers reentered the zone with nine seconds left but time ran out on the visitors.
The shots were even, 7-7, in the final frame.
The Wildcats finished the game 5-for-5 on the penalty kill to improve to 23-for-23 on the season. UNH did not score on its lone power play.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Oct. 19 against fourth-ranked Boston College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.