|1st||4:27||NOE||1-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (27)||Paige Savage/9, Jordan Krause/15|
|1st||12:17||NOE||2-0||PP||Taytum Clairmont (2)||Lauren Kelly/13, Shelby Herrington/7|
|2nd||15:43||UNH||1-2||EV||Amy Boucher (9)||Jonna Curtis/13, Cassandra Vilgrain/4|
|3rd||4:05||NOE||3-1||EV GW||Kendall Coyne (28)||Halle Silva/3, Melissa Haganey/2|
|3rd||10:23||UNH||2-3||EV||Devan Taylor (4)||Marie-Jo Pelletier/5, Kate Haslett/5|
|3rd||11:43||NOE||4-2||EV||Hayley Scamurra (10)||Jordan Krause/16, Kendall Coyne/17|
|3rd||19:46||NOE||5-2||EV EN||Kendall Coyne (29)||Hayley Scamurra/15|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (8-16-1)||0/2||3/6||0|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 12-3-1)||60:00||2||3||13||9||25|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyra Smith (L, 7-8-1)||57:47||4||5||9||10||24|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team twice closed within a goal, but eighth-ranked Northeastern University scored the last two goals of the game to pull away for a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which had won three consecutive home games, moves to 8-16-1 overall and 5-10-0 in Hockey East. Northeastern is improved to 17-4-1, 12-2-0 with its sixth consecutive win. NU outscored the hosts 3-1, including and empty-net goal, in the third period; the Wildcats had netted the only goal of the second stanza with a 14-9 shot advantage.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 23-24 for a two-game series at the University of Maine. The Wildcats' next home game is Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) against the University of Vermont. Tickets for that game and all women's hockey home games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000.
Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) and Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) both scored a goal for UNH, while Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.), Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick), Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, New Brunswick) and Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) each tallied an assist.
UNH goaltender Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) made 10 of her 24 saves in the third period. NU counterpart Brittany Bulgaski was credited with 25 saves, including 13 in the second period.
Colleen Coyne recorded four points with three goals and an assist; she tied Northeastern's career points record (208) held by current UNH head coach Hilary Witt with her first goal of the game and then broke it with her next tally. Hayley Scamurra (one goal, one assist) and Jordan Krause (two assists) also had multiple points. Taytum Clairmont netted the Huskies' other goal and five other skaters tallied one assist.
Coyne gave Northeastern an early 1-0 lead at 4:27 of the first period when she swept a shot from the slot inside the left post. Paige Savage, with the pass from the right circle, and Jordan Krause set up the goal.
NU went on the first power play of the game when the Wildcats were whistled for to many skaters on the ice at 10:45, and Clairmont gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead at 12:17 when her shot from the left end line eluded Smith, who appeared to be in position at the near post. Lauren Kelly and Shelby Herrington were credited with assists.
The Wildcats generated only three shots in the first period, but two of them were dangerous scoring chances. With five minutes on the clock, Curtis fed Vilgrain cutting down the slot but her close-range shot was saved by Bugalski. Then in the waning seconds, Curtis snapped a one-timer deep in the left circle that was stopped by Bugalski. The rebound sat in the crease momentarily until NU;s Christina Zalewski swooped in to clear the puck away.
UNH established momentum early in the second period as, in the opening minute, Boucher carried the puck through the right circle and at the doorstep lifted a shot wide of the near post.
In the sixth minute, Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) slipped an outlet pass to Vilgrain in the neutral zone. Vilgrain skated on the right wing before cutting to the slot and tucking a backhander past Bulgaski that caromed off the left post across the goalmouth.
New Hampshire went on its first power play of the game at 6:27 of the second stanza and nearly potted its first goal in the eighth minute, when Pelletier advanced with speed through the right circle and made a centering pass to the low slot, where Vilgrain was stoned by Bugalski.
In the 10th minute, Curtis charged in from the neutral zone to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the left point. She continued through the circle and split a pair of defenders along the goal line before slipping a shot into Bugalski.
Northeastern generated offensive pressure in the 13th minute. Smith stopped Maddie Hartman's slap shot from the right point and also denied Kasidy Anderson off the rebound in front. Moments later, Zalweski's advanced along the right end line and sent a shot that ricocheted off the far post.
With 4:30 remaining in the second period, a slapshot from the right point off the stick of Jenna Rheault (Deering, N.H.) was stopped by Bugalski. Vilgrain corralled the rebound in the slot and shoveled a backhander wide of the left post.
The Wildcats scored moments later, however, to pull within 2-1 at 15:43. From the end boards on the right side, Curtis slipped a pass in front of the net and Boucher lifted a one-timer into the upper-right corner for her ninth goal of the season. Vilgrain was also credited with an assist.
Smith kept the 'Cats within a goal heading into the second intermission in the closing minute when she snared Savage's one-timer from the slot.
Coyne reestablished a two-goal lead of 3-1 at 4:05 of the third period as she was positioned in the slot and swept a low shot inside the right post. Melissa Haganey initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left point down low to Halle Silva, who made the centering pass for Coyne's one-timer.
New Hampshire once again closed within one goal, 3-2 at 10:23. Pelletier carried the puck with speed down the left circle before snapping a pass to the slot, where Taylor settled the puck before firing a shot into the upper-right corner. Haslett also tallied an assist.
The Huskies responded with a goal 80 seconds later to take a 4-2 lead. Smith stopped Krause's initial shot from the right point but Scamurra, positioned in the slot, backhanded the rebound into the cage. Coyne, with the pass from behing the net out to Krause, was also credited with an assist.
UNH went on its second power play at 14:24. One minute later, Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) blasted a shot from the high slot that Boucher redirected in front, but Bugalski was in position for the save.
The Wildcats pulled Smith in favor of an extra skater with 2:27 to play. Thirty seconds later, Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario) ripped a shot from the right point, but Bugalski tracked the puck through traffic to make the save.
Both teams sent a skater to the penalty box for roughing at 18:42 and the 'Cats continued to play with an empty net. UNH called time out at that point, and the home team pressured with shots by Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) and Vilgrain, but both were stopped by Bugalski.
Coyne secured the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:46. She eluded defenders in the left circle and sent a shot past another sliding Wildcat skater to complete her hat trick.