|1st||3:34||UNH||1-0||EV||Margo Lund (1)||Amy Boucher/5, Sara Carlson/9|
|2nd||2:00||DAR||1-1||PP||Lindsey Allen (8)||Kennedy Ottenbreit/5, Eleni Tebano/7|
|2nd||4:34||UNH||2-1||EV||Cassandra Vilgrain (4)||Jonna Curtis/12, Amy Schlagel/5|
|3rd||3:20||UNH||3-1||EV GW||Devan Taylor (3)||Taylor Wenczkowski/6, Kate Haslett/4|
|3rd||15:04||DAR||2-3||EV||Ailish Forfar (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (7-13-1)||0/4||5/10||0|
|Robyn Chemago (L, 4-6-2)||59:08||3||7||10||11||28|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyra Smith (W, 6-5-1)||60:00||2||9||11||10||30|
DURHAM, N.H. - Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) made 30 saves to backbone the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Tuesday night's 3-2 non-conference victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH extended is win streak to four games and unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) to improve to 7-13-1 overall. Dartmouth dropped to 4-7-2 with its fifth consecutive loss.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) at fourth-ranked Quinnipiac University. The Wildcats conclude the 2015 calendar year with their last non-conference game of the regular season at home vs. Yale University on Dec. 13 (2 p.m.) Tickets for that game and all women's hockey home games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000.
Smith recorded 11 saves in the second period and 10 in the third, including one against Kennedy Ottenbreit in the waning seconds, as part of her 30-save effort. Margo Lund (St. Paul, Minn.), Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) and Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) each scored a goal as nine Wildcats recorded one point.
Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta), Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.), Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.), Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick), Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) and Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.) all tallied one assist.
Robyn Chemago was credited with 28 saves, including 10 in the second stanza and 11 in the third. Lindsey Allen netted a power-play goal and Ailish Forfar scored the Big Green's other goal.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 3:34 when Lund scored on her own rebound. Carlson moved the puck out to the defensive zone with a pass to Boucher, who found Lund darting up the right side. Lund carried the puck into the offensive zone through the right circle and her initial close-range shot was stopped by Chemago. She cheated off the post, however, and the rebound went directly back to Lund, who shoveled the puck into the open right side for her first goal of the season.
UNH held that one-goal advantage until Allen's goal at 2:00 of the second stanza. Ottenbriet's initial shot from the high slot was blocked by Jenna Rheault (Deering, N.H.), but Allen corralled the puck at the top of the crease and deposited a shot into the cage. Eleni Tebano was also credited with an assist.
The Wildcats had a quick reply to regain the lead, 2-1, at 4:34. From the right half-boards, Curtis snapped a pass to the low slot, where Vilgrain settled the puck before firing a shot past Chemago. Schlagel initiated the scoring sequence with the pass from the right point to Curtis.
Dartmouth was whistled for tripping penalties at 19:02 of the second period and 16 seconds into the third period to give UNH a 5-on-3 power play for 46 seconds. The Wildcats did not record a shot during that time, however, and at the other end of the ice Smith was forced to make a save against Forfar.
UNH's 5-on-4 power play continued for the next 76 seconds, but Dartmouth's penalty kill continued to keep the 'Cats at bay while also generating a dangerous scoring chance, as Mackenzie St. Onge was denied twice by Smith.
New Hampshire extended the advantage to 3-1 at 3:20. Wenczkowski's initial shot from the left circle was stopped by Chemago, but Taylor corralled the puck on the right side and lifted a shot inside the near post. Haslett, whose pass from center ice found Wenczkowski, was also credited with an assist.
In the ninth minute, Curtis buzzed around the attack zone and fired three successive shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by Chemago.
Dartmouth went on its third power play of the game at 9:20, but Smith stopped all three shots the next two minutes - two off the stick of Emma Korbs - to preserve the two-goal lead.
Forfar's individual effort pulled the Big Green within 3-2 at 15:04. She gained possession of a loose puck in front of her bench at center ice and skated into the left circle, where she fired a shot wide of the near post. The puck caromed off the end boards and came out on the opposite side. Forfar followed that path, collected the puck at the right doorstep and jammed a shot into the net.
The Wildcats were whistled for checking with 3:43 remaining in regulation. Curtis blocked a shot and nearly scored a shorthanded goal at the opposite end of the ice. UNH's penalty kill was effective, as it did not yield a shot on goal.
Chemago went to the bench in favor of an extra skater with 67 seconds to play, but the visitors did not record a shot before being called for checking with 23 seconds on the clock. Chemago reentered the game at that point and stopped Carlson's blast through traffic from the left point.
UNH was called for tripping with eight seconds left and once again Chemago was pulled for an extra skater to create a 5-on-4 situation. On the ensuing faceoff to Smith's right, Ottenbreit pulled the puck toward the slot, but it slid all the way across to the right circle. Allen finally chased the puck down and sent a shot on goal that Smith turned aside just before the final buzzer.
UNH's four-game win streak is the longest since the 2010-11 season, when the 'Cats won seven straight, while the five-game unbeaten streak matches the longest since October 2013.
This marked the third 30-plus save effort for Smith, who recorded a career-high 34 Nov. 13 at second-ranked Boston College and 33 Nov. 18 at ninth-ranked Harvard University.
Curtis has a point in three consecutive games, while Vilgrain has recorded a point in 4 of 5 games since joining the line of Curtis and Boucher.