DURHAM, N.H. - Junior goalie Nicky Harnett (Plymouth, Minn.) stopped all 22 shots and senior captain Lauren Martin (Cambridge, Ontario) broke a scoreless tie with 92 seconds remaining to lift the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Friday afternoon's 1-0 victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.
Harnett made eight saves in the first period, followed by five in the second and nine in the third to earn her first win and shutout of the season, as well as the third shutout of her career.
PC goalie Sandra Abstreiter made double-digit saves all three periods to finish with 37.
UNH is now 7-12-2 overall and 5-8-1 in Hockey East. PC moves to 8-6-5, 5-5-2.
- UNH and Providence face off again Jan. 8 (3 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.
- UNH recorded a 12-8 shot advantage in the scoreless first period.
- UNH pressured and generated one shot on goal in the opening 90 seconds, but then Providence responded with the next three shots in a two-minute span.
- The 'Cats began to control possession and forced Abstreiter to stop eight shots in a three-minute span.
- Junior Jada Christian (Caledon East, Ontario) lifted a wrister from the right doorstep that rang off the outside of the post at 14:02.
- New Hampshire generated a 15-5 shot advantage in the scoreless middle stanza.
- Abstreiter was the only goalie forced to make a save spanning the seventh through 12th minutes. She stopped six shots during that time to keep the game scoreless.
- UNH went on the first power play of the game at 14:12, but it was shortened when the 'Cats were whistled for slashing at 15:16.
- Neither team recorded a shot during the 4-on-4 and both teams had one shot during the Friars' power play.
- The Wildcats had an 11-9 edge in shots in the final frame.
- PC went on the power play at 9:58, but Harnett backboned UNH's penalty kill with a pair of saves - both shots off Lauren DeBlois' stick - to keep the score deadlocked.
- Sophomore Chavonne Truter (Uxbridge, Ontario) won a battle for possession behind the net and kicked the puck from the boards to Martin, who circled to the left doorstep and roofed a backhander into the upper-right corner of the net to give UNH a 1-0 lead at 18:28.
- The Wildcats were called for roughing following the goal to give Providence its third power play of the game.
- The Friars pulled Abstreiter for an attacker with 59 seconds remaining to gain a two-skater advantage.
- UNH did not allow a shot on goal the rest of the way, however, to preserve the one-goal lead for the win
- New Hampshire finished with a 38-22 shot advantage.
- UNH also had the edge in the faceoff circle, 31-24.
- The Wildcats went 0-for-1 on the power and PC was scoreless on three power plays.
- The 'Cats blocked 17 shot attempts and Providence blocked 15.
- The goal was Martin's third of the season and 17th career.
- In addition to scoring the game-winning goal, Martin led all skaters with 12 faceoff wins and a .632 faceoff winning percentage (12 of 19). She also blocked two shots.
- Senior captain Maddie Truax (Gardner, Mass.) and junior Rae Breton (Brighton, Ontario) tied with a game-high four blocks.
- Sophomore Nicole Kelly (Brantford, Ontario) led UNH with six shots.
- This was UNH's second shutout of the season.
- UNH has an 86-62-15 lifetime record against Providence that includes 34-19-9 at home.
- The season series is tied 1-1-0. PC won 3-1 at home on Oct. 8, 2021.