Curtis, Vaattovaara Lead New Hampshire Past RIT, 1-0
Sophomore Jonna Curtis nets shorthanded goal and junior Vilma Vaattovaara makes 32 saves for Wildcats

Sophomore forward Jonna Curtis scored a shorthanded goal for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 16:26  UNH1-0 SH GW Jonna Curtis (2)Kayla Mork/2, Caroline Broderick/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
New Hampshire  0101
RIT  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
New Hampshire  96318
RIT  9131032
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (1-3-0)  0/2 8/16 1
RIT (2-1-0)  0/8 2/4 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Vilma Vaattovaara (W, 1-3-0)60:000 9131032
RIT Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ali Binnington (L, 2-1-0)58:371 95317
Empty Net1:230     

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 32 saves for her first career shutout to backbone the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday afternoon's 1-0 victory against Rochester Institute of Technology at the Polisseni Center.

The win marked the first with the UNH program for first-year head coach Hilary Witt, who has guided the Wildcats to a 1-3-0 record this season; all four games have been decided by one goal. RIT is now 2-1-0.

Vaattovaara recorded double-digits saves in both the second (13) and third (10) periods and kept the Tigers scoreless on eight power play opportunities with 16 saves. RIT counterpart Ali Binnington stopped 17 of 18 shots.

Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) scored her second shorthanded goal in as many games to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at 16:26 of the second period and that proved to be the game's only goal.

Both Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) and Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) were credited with an assist on the game-winning goal. Curtis and Mork are tied for the team lead in points with two.

New Hampshire generated a 4-3 shot advantage in the opening nine minutes of the game and RIT's Taylor Thurston was whistled for interference at 9:05. Binnington denied Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) twice and Nico Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) once during the skater advantage. Six other UNH shots were blocked by an RIT skater and another shot attempt sailed wide of the cage.

RIT went on its first power play of the game at 14:58 but Vaattovaara blocked aside bids by both Jess Paton and Mackenzie Stone.

The scoreless first period ended with the shots even at 9-9.

A UNH Wildcat was sent to the box at 1:58 and 2:15 of the second stanza to give the Tigers a two-skater advantage for 1 minute, 43 seconds. The penalty kill, which is still a perfect 16 of 16 this season, yielded only two shots during that span, however, and Vaattovaara made those stops against Paton and Carly Payerl.

UNH went on its second power play at 5:15 but Binnington was tested just once - by Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) - the ensuing two minutes.

The Tigers had another abbreviated two-skater advantage - a duration of 43 seconds - when the 'Cats were called for checking from behind at 13:12 and holding at 14:29. Vaattovaara stopped a barrage of four shots by Stone (two), Kolbee McCrea and Haley Northcote to keep the game scoreless.

UNH then returned one player from the penalty box and generated a shorthanded rush. Mork's initial shot was stopped by Binnington, but Curtis scored off the rebound to give UNH a 1-0 lead with three seconds remaining on the penalty kill and 3:34 left in the second period.

Vaattovaara preserved the one-goal lead the rest of the stanza with saves against Paton and Emilee Bulleid.

RIT went on its sixth power play of the game at 5:05 of the final frame but the Tigers' Northcote and McCrea were once again turned away by Vaattovaara.

The home team began the next power play at 13:43 and Vaatttovaara once again kept RIT scoreless with two more saves, this time by turning aside shots by Morgan Scoyne and Lindsay Stenason.

The Tigers went back on the power play at 16:59 but did not record a shot before Binnington was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:23 to play. UNH returned to full strength with 1:01 on the clock but Binnington remained on the bench.

Vaattovaara secured the victory in the closing minute with three more saves, including one that denied Paton in the waning seconds. RIT recorded a 10-3 shot advantage in the scoreless third period.

New Hampshire concludes its season-opening five-game road swing Saturday, Oct. 11 (3 p.m.) at Syracuse University. The Wildcats play their home opener Friday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) vs. Rensselaer.