New Hampshire Rallies To Top Oakville Hornets, 4-3
Junior forward Cassandra Vilgrain nets two goals for Wildcats

Junior forward Cassandra Vilgrain scored two goals for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:50  OKV1-0 EV Jessica MaggioniJaime Bourbonnais
1st 17:33  OKV2-0 EV Courtney Birchard -
2nd 3:44  UNH1-2 EV Carlee ToewsMarie-Jo Pelletier
2nd 13:30  OKV3-1 EV Emma MaltaisJulia Edgar
2nd 15:47  UNH2-3 EV Cassandra VilgrainAmy Boucher, Devan Taylor
3rd 13:54  UNH3-3 EV Cassandra VilgrainJulia Fedeski
3rd 16:35  UNH4-3 EV GW Amy SchlagelAmy Boucher
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Oakville Hornets  2103
New Hampshire  0224
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Oakville Hornets  1041226
New Hampshire  9131335
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Oakville Hornets  0/0 2/4 0
New Hampshire  0/2 0/0 0
Oakville Hornets Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Nikki Cece30:501 96015
Daniela Paniccia (L)29:053 051116
Empty Net0:050     
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ashley Wilkes20:002 8008
Vilma Vaattovaara20:001 0303
Hilary Cashin (W)16:350 001010
Kyra Smith3:250 0022

DURHAM, N.H. -- Behind two goals in the final 6:06 of regulation, the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team pulled out a 4-3 come from behind win over the Oakville Junior Hornets in an exhibition game at the Whittemore Center on Saturday afternoon.

Junior forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) tallied one of her two goals at the 6:06 mark of the third period to even the score before sophomore defenseman Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) potted the game-winning goal with 3:25 remaining in regulation to give UNH the lead for good.

Joining Vilgrain and Schlagel in the goals column was sophomore forward Carlee Toews (Grand Prairie, Alberta). Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) recorded an assist on the game-tying and winning goals. Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario), Devon Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) and Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, New Brunswick) all assisted goals as well.

All four New Hampshire goaltenders accumulated time between the pipes. Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) and Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) each played a period, chalking up save totals of eight and three, respectively. In the third period, Hilary Cashin (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) combined for 12 saves in the third stanza to keep the Hornets off the scoreboard.

Jessica Maggioni, Courtney Birchard and Emma Maltais all found the back of the net for Oakville. Jaime Boubonnai and Julia Edgar each tallied an assist.

Nikki Cece and Daniela Paniccia split time in net. Cece stopped 15 of 16 attempts faced while Paniccia made 16 saves on 19 shots fired.

New Hampshire went 0-for-2 on the power play while Oakville never went on the man-advantage.

UNH generated the first scoring opportunity of the contest as Schlagel skated around the back of the net in the early goings. She dished off the puck to Taylor Wenczkowsk (Rochester, N.H.), waiting near the left post. However, the one-time attempt was blocked by Jessica DiGirolamo. Oakville immediately responded with a chance of its own on the next play with a flurry of shots from Bourbonnais and Maltais, but were blocked by Wilkes to keep the game scoreless.

Oakville punctuated the end of the first period with back-to-back goals. Wilkes had to make consecutive stops from shots by Maggioni and Maltais. However, Maggioni was able to get a second chance on goal, tapping in the loose puck under a diving Wilkes to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first period. Oakville upped the score again just 43 seconds later on an unassisted goal by Birchard. She pushed the puck up to the attacking third and snapped a near post shot that sailed above the shoulder of Wilkes for the game's second goal, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

UNH wasted no time getting on the scoreboard to start the second frame, scoring at 16:20. The play started as Pelletier was able to keep the loose puck in the attacking third. She surged up to the faceoff dot and passed the puck it to Toews in stride. She flicked a wrister past Cece to light the lamp for the 'Cats.

Oakville reconstructed its two-goal advantage in the latter portion of the frame. Maltais received the puck Edgar as she cleared the defensive third. She sprinted up the neutral zone past the defense, gaining a breakaway opportunity. She was able to poke it past Vaattovaara on a diving attempt to give the Hornets a 3-1 edge with 6:30 left in the second period.

The 'Cats whittled the Hornets lead back down to one as the hosts responded just 2:17 later. Taylor started the sequence by finding Boucher near the boards in the neutral zone. She progressed the puck to the left faceoff dot, saucering a pass to Vilgrain. The junior one-timed the shot past the Oakville netminder to pull within one again. Oakville entered the second intermission looking up at a 3-2 lead on the scoreboard.

UNH and Oakville traded shots for much of the third period as the score remained 3-2 in favor of the visitors. New Hampshire knotted the score at the 6:06 mark as the 'Cats packed the crease with attackers on a loose puck. After multiple stops by Paniccia, Vilgrain jammed a shot through a slew of sticks to even the score at three apiece. New Hampshire lit the lamp one more time just 2:41 later. Boucher was able to engineer one more scoring chance. Receiving the puck from Fedeski, Boucher was able to thread a pass to Schlagel. The defenseman hammered a shot past Paniccia's glove side to give the blue and white the first lead of the contest with 3:25 left on the clock.

Birchard attempted to extend the contest into an extra period, cranking a slapshot at Smith with 4.4 seconds left. Despite Birchard's best efforts, Smith smothered the puck between her pads and helped UNH tally the exhibition win.

New Hampshire plays Hockey East rival Maine in next Friday's season opener at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.