Sophomore forward Nicole Kelly posted two goals and an assist for the Wildcats
Kelly's Three Points Lead New Hampshire Past Vermont, 5-2
Sophomore forward Nicole Kelly posted two goals and an assist for the Wildcats

Box Score

DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Nicole Kelly (Brantford, Ontario.) and Junior Jada Christian (Caledon East, Ontario.) recorded three points apiece to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 5-2 victory against the University of Vermont at the Whittemore Center.

Kelly finished with two goals and an assist to match her career high in goals and establish a personal best in points. Christian tallied three assists to record her first career multiple-assist game and a personal-best three points.

Sophomores Brianna Brooks (Whitby, Ontario) and Brianna Legros (New Liskeard, Ontario.) both tallied a goal and an assist, and junior Annie Berry (Milton, Mass.) netted UNH's other goal.

Senior goalie and captain Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) saved 25 of 27 shots on goal with 11 stops in the third period. Vermont counterpart Jessie McPherson was credited with 18 saves, including 11 in the first period.

UNH, which scored the last three goals of the game, won its third consecutive game to improve to 6-8-2 overall and 4-7-1 in Hockey East. Vermont is now 7-7-2, 4-4-1.


New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 4 (2 p.m.) at home for the two-game series finale against UVM.


- The Wildcats' recorded a 12-7 shot advantage as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie through the first 20 minutes of play.

- Vermont converted an early power play into a 1-0 lead on Theresa Schafzahl's goal at 8:22.

- UNH responded with a goal to tie the game at 17:39. After applying pressure on the goalie from Christian and Legros, Kelly fired a shot deep on the right wing off the crossbar into the back of the net to make it 1-1.


- Vermont recorded a 9-7 shot advantage although UNH outscored the Catamounts 2-1 in the middle stanza.

- The Wildcats netted the first goal of the second period at 4:02. From the left circle, Kelly made a diagonal pass to Berry for the Wildcats' second goal of the game and 2-1 lead. Christian, who advanced the puck to Kelly, was also credited with an assist.

- Schafzahl's second goal of the game, this time from the high slot, tied it 2-2 at 8:13.

- UNH took the lead 2 minutes, 21 seconds later. Brooks had a beautiful pass to Kelly on the left side and she deked McPherson at the doorstep to put the Wildcats up 3-2 at 10:31. Christian, with the outlet pass through the neutral zone, earned the secondary assist.


- Vermont recorded a shot advantage of 11-4 but UNH netted the only two goals of the final frame.

- The Wildcats tallied their fourth goal at 10:40. A shot by junior Rae Breton (Brighton, Ontario) from the high slot bounced off the end boards to the other side of the net, where Brooks finish off the goal with a backhander into the open left side of the net to put UNH up 4-2.

- UNH put the Catamounts away with an empty-net goal with 37.6 seconds remaining. Legros corralled a loose puck at the blue line and shot the puck through the neutral zone into the open cage.


- Vermont finished with a 27-23 shot advantage.

- The Wildcats were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

- Vermont had the edge on faceoffs, winning 28-17 in the faceoff circle.

- New Hampshire blocked 13 shot attempts and Vermont had seven blocked shots.

- Senior captain Maddie Truax (Gardner, Mass.), who entered the game atop the Hockey East leaderboard in blocks, led all skaters with five blocks.

- Boutilier had a .926 save percentage with her 25-save effort.


- Brooks recorded a goal and an assist for the third consecutive game to extend her goal, assist and point streaks all to three games.

- The two points matches her personal best.

- Brooks has five multiple-point games this season and six career.

- Brooks leads the team in both assists (nine) and points (15) this season.

- Christian recorded her second multiple-point game of the season and fourth career.

- Kelly also notched her fourth career multiple-point game (first this season).

- She has three career multiple-goal efforts (first this season).

- Legros scored her first career goal with the empty-net tally. She also recorded her second career multiple-point game (both in the past three games).

- Christian finished with a +5 rating and Kelly was at +4. Breton, Brooks and Kettyle were all +3.

- Boutilier played in her 100th career game.


- UNH has a 37-14-6 lifetime record against Vermont.

- The Wildcats have won two straight in the series for the first time since the 2014-15 season.