|1st||19:07||UNH||1-0||EV||Taylor Wenczkowski (1)||Julia Fedeski/6, Devan Taylor/2|
|2nd||16:15||UNH||2-0||EV GW||Jonna Curtis (8)||-|
|3rd||2:19||UNH||3-0||EV||Taylor Wenczkowski (2)||Devan Taylor/3, Kate Haslett/3|
|3rd||8:22||MER||1-3||EV||Jessica Bonfe (2)||Paige Sorensen/6|
|3rd||18:51||UNH||4-1||EV EN||Jonna Curtis (9)||Margo Lund/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (5-13-1)||0/1||1/2||0|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 2-8-0)||58:13||3||11||15||7||33|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyra Smith (W, 4-5-1)||60:00||1||4||4||6||14|
DURHAM, N.H. - Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) and Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.) scored two goals apiece to propel the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-1 victory against Merrimack College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which recorded a 37-15 shot advantage, won its second consecutive game to extend its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) and improve to 5-13-1 overall and 4-8-0 in Hockey East. Merrimack moves to 2-15-0, 1-8-0.
The Wildcats and Warriors conclude the home-and-home series Dec. 5 (4 p.m.) at MC's Lawler Rink. New Hampshire's next home game is Dec. 8 (87p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College; tickets for that game and all other UNH women's ice hockey home games are available by calling 603-862-4000, ext. 5 or visiting www.unhwildcats.com.
Curtis matched her career high of two goals by scoring the game-winning goal and an empty-netter that secured the victory, while it marked the first two career goals for Wenczkowski. Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) recorded her first career multiple-point game with two assists. Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario), Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick) and Margo Lund (St. Paul, Minn.) all tallied one assist.
UNH goaltender Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) made six of her 14 saves in the third period. Merrimack goalie Samantha Ridgewell recorded double-digit saves in the first (11) and second (15) periods as part of a 33-save effort. Jessica Bonfe spoiled Smith's shutout bid with a goal at 8:22 of the third period.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead with 53 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, New Brunswick) gained possession behind net and slipped a pass to the left side for Taylor, who found Fedeski in the high slot. Fedeski blasted a slap shot that was deflected in by Wenczkowski.
The Warriors generated a pair of good scoring chances early in the second period, but Smith blocked away Paige Sorenson's shot from the high slot with her pads. Moments later, Katelyn Rae charged along the end line on the right side but was denied at the doorstep by Smith.
UNH regained control of the game with a prolonged possession of nearly three minutes in the attack zone. The 'Cats attempted a total of eight shots, three of which were on goal and the best opportunity came on a redirection by Carlee Toews (Grand Prairie, Alberta) on Pelletier's shot from the right point.
In the seventh minute, Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) led a 3-on-2 down the right wing. Her centering pass connected with Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) and she wristed a hard shot wide of the left post.
One minute later on a faceoff to Ridgewell's left, Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) drew the puck to the slot, where Curtis quickly fired a shot on goal but the Warriors' netminder made a leg pad save. Midway through the stanza, Taylor shoveled a backhander toward the cage that Wneczkowski redirected but Ridgewell stopped the shot to keep the visitors within one goal.
Curtis capitalized on a turnover at center ice to give UNH a 2-0 lead at 16:15. She corralled the puck at the center faceoff dot and skated down the slot on a breakaway. Curtis deked forehand to backhand and then pulled the puck back toward the right post and lifted a forehand into the open net.
UNH took that two-goal advantage into the second period with a 28-8 shot advantage.
Merrimack began the third period with 1:18 remaining on the power play, but Curtis almost netted a shorthanded goal after stealing the puck just outside the offensive zone. She skated from the right point toward the low slot and continued across to the left post, but she couldn't lift a backhander over Ridgewell's extended right leg pad.
Wenczkowski extended the advantage to 3-0 at 2:19. Taylor, once again behind the goal line on the left side, fed a centering pass that Wenczkowski blasted into the net for her second goal of the game. Haslett, who won the faceoff to initiate the scoring sequence, was also credited with an assist.
The Warriors pulled within 3-1 at 8:22. Sorensen won possession on the right half-boards and moved the puck to the corner. Bonfe chipped the puck off the boards behind the net and circled to the left post for a wraparound goal.
In the 14th minute, Bonfe corralled a loose puck in the right circle and snapped a pass to the slot, where Emily Volpe fired a one-timer that Smith knocked down and covered with her glove.
Merrimack called time out at 16:36 and pulled Ridgewell in favor of an extra skater. She was forced to reenter the game with 1:43 on the clock, but returned to the bench 28 seconds later. UNH forced the Warriors back into their defensive zone and Lund deflected an attempted clearing pass. Curtis gathered the loose puck in the neutral zone and deposited a shot into the empty net to reestablish a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 18:51 - six seconds after the visitors put the extra skater on the ice.
Although Boucher did not record a goal or assist, she did win 18 of 25 faceoffs.