|1st||5:23||UNH||1-0||PP||Julia Fedeski (1)||Amy Schlagel/1, Jonna Curtis/1|
|2nd||15:23||LIN||1-1||PP||Shara Jasper (3)||Shannon Morris-Reade/4, Sarah Bobrowski/4|
|2nd||18:13||LIN||2-1||EV||Emily Gunderson (1)||Shara Jasper/3, Tae Otte/1|
|2nd||19:17||LIN||3-1||EV GW||Carla Goodwin (1)||Shara Jasper/4, Sarah Bobrowski/5|
|3rd||6:22||UNH||2-3||EV||Jonna Curtis (1)||Taylor Wenczkowski/1, Julia Fedeski/1|
|3rd||14:57||LIN||4-2||EV||Shara Jasper (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (0-2-0)||1/3||1/2||0|
|Nicole Hensley (W, 1-3-0)||60:00||2||10||13||13||36|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 0-1-0)||57:46||4||6||7||5||18|
DURHAM, N.H. -- Junior forward Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) and sophomore defenseman Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario) each tallied a goal and an assist, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated by Lindenwood University, 4-2, at the Whittemore Center on Friday night.
Lindenwood improves to 1-4-0 in the non-conference tilt. UNH drops to 0-2-0. The Wildcats outshot the Lions by a plus-16 margin of 38-22. Senior goaltender Nicole Hensley stopped 36 shots, notching her first win of the season for the Lions. Senior netminder Vilma Vaattovaara(Veikkola, Finland) turned away 18 shots. Each side netted a power play goal. New Hampshire was 1-for-3 on the man-advantage while Lindenwood converted on its lone chance.
UNH maintained possession for the majority of the first period and generated quality shots from rookies Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.) and Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, New Brunswick). UNH was able to draw a slashing penalty from sophomore forward Sarah Bobrowski, giving the home team the first power play of the game with 5:23 left in the first period.
The Wildcats converted on its second shot of the power play off the stick of Fedeski at 5:33. Curtis was able to set up sophomore defenseman Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) at the right faceoff dot in the attacking third. Schlagel snapped a shot on net, forcing Hensley to make the save. The Lion netminder was unable to control the rebound as Fedeski corralled the loose puck and shot it past Hensley to put the 'Cats on the board. UNH entered the first intermission looking up at a 1-0 advantage and outshot Lindenwood, 11-6.
New Hampshire continued to pressure to open the second stanza, looking for a second goal as Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.), Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) fired shots early out of the chute. However, the Lions turned the tables on the Wildcats.
UNH was able to maintain its one-goal edge until Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) was whistled for checking at 8:28, putting Lindenwood on the power play. Lindenwood utilized their power play with heavy action in the Wildcats' defensive third. The Wildcats fended off the offensive surge momentarily, highlighted by a glove save by Vaatovaara on a shot by Tirra Lemione. Despite her efforts, Lindenwood would eventually find the back of the net as Shannon Morris-Read snuck a rebound past Vaatovaara at 15:23 to spark three unanswered goals for the Lions.
Lindenwood lit the lamp just two minutes and 50 seconds later. Tae Otte surged ahead past the blue line and saucered the puck to Bobrowski on the right swing. She then sent the puck to the top of the crease, finding Emily Gunderson in stride. The forward was able to redirect the pass above the glove side of Vaatovaara to give the Lions their first lead of the evening, 2-1.
Lindenwood added one more goal to its second period scoring burst with just 43 seconds left. Bobrowski passed the puck down low to a diving Shara Jasper. The last-ditch effort proved to be effective as Jasper slapped the puck off a Wildcat skate, finding Emily Gunderson at the top of the crease. The sophomore forward tapped the puck past Vaatovarra to cap off a three-goal barrage by the Lions. The Wildcats were able to go on the power play with just 12 seconds left on a tripping call by Brooke Peden, but Lindenwood entered the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.
UNH carried over its power play into the third period. However, Lindenwood was equal to the task and killed off the infraction. New Hampshire managed to make it a one-goal contest with 14:38 left in regulation. Fedeski initiated the scoring sequence, firing the puck into traffic from the blue line. Hensley made the initial stop, but could not smother the puck as a scrum broke out in front of her. Wenczkowski jarred the loose puck out out of traffic, trickling to Curtis. The junior forward hammered the puck to an open net to make it a 3-2 game.
The Lions reconstructed their two-goal advantage late in regulation. Shannon Morris-Reade won the faceoff for the visitors, pushing the puck back to Jasper. She surged through the left faceoff dot, snapping a shot towards the net. Her initial attempt was wide, but it ricocheted right back to her stick off the wall. Her second attempt slid under the pad of Vaattovaara, and making it a 4-2 contest with 5:03 left in the contest.
UNH had a chance to make it a one-goal game again, going on the power play with 2:07 left on the scoreboard as Katie Nokelby was sent to the box for checking. The Wildcats mustered a flurry of shots and pulled Vaattovaara for an extra skater. Nevertheless, the Wildcats were unable to find the back of the net as the Lions were able to preserve its two-goal lead for the remainder of regulation.
New Hampshire returns to the ice tomorrow, welcoming Syracuse University to the Whittemore Center for a 2 p.m. non-conference contest. The Wildcats resume Hockey East play with games at Merrimack College (Oct. 17; 3 p.m.) and Boston College (Oct. 18; 2 p.m.).