Engineers Edged on the Road

Photo by Sara Melikian
Photo by Sara Melikian

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Kelly Paton recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning tally, as the University of New Hampshire came-from-behind to defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 4-3 in non-conference action at the Whittemore Center. The fourth-ranked Wildcats improve to 9-1-4 on the season, while the Engineers fall to 4-7-4 overall.

Facing a 3-2 deficit at the start of the third period, New Hampshire battled back quickly as freshman Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, ON/Jean Vanier) scored off a pass from Paton (Woodstock, ON/Huron Park Secondary School) at 7:49.

Paton, who tallied the Wildcats' first two goals, scored her 10th of the season and third of the game at 9:37 to give New Hampshire a 4-3 advantage. Looking to pull the score even, Rensselaer pulled netminder Sonja van der Bliek (Toronto, ON/Toronto Jr. Aeros) with 1:20 remaining, but the Engineers could not get a tally.

New Hampshire struck first in the opening period as Paton connected with Lavoie at 13:01.

The Engineers evened things up at 1-all at 16:05 after senior captain Allison Wright (Oakville, ON/Oakville Ice) scored her first short-handed marker of the season off a pass from classmate Whitney Naslund (Bloomington, MN/Bloomington Jefferson).

In the second period, sophomore Alisa Harrison (Vienna, VA/Washington Pride) gave the visitors a two-tally lead (3-1) less than seven minutes into the frame. She scored at the 1:28 mark off assists from Wright and classmate Jill Vandegrift (St. Paul, MN/Minnesota Thoroughbreds).

Harrison then recorded her fourth goal of the season at 6:53, tipping in a pass from junior Kendra Dunlop (Granum, AB/Warner Hockey School). Sophomore Amanda Castignetti (Anchorage, AK/Shattuck St. Mary's) earned the second assist on the goal.

The Wildcats fought to cut the deficit late in the period and succeeded as Paton recorded her ninth goal of the year and second of the game at 15:05 to make it a 3-2 lead for Rensselaer. Lavoie and senior Micaela Long (South Boston, MA/Pomfret School) were credited with the assists.

New Hampshire, which held a narrow 25-21 shot advantage in the contest, saw sophomore Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) stop 18 shots. In the RPI end, van der Bliek recorded 21 saves.

The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday, November 29 with a 2pm contest at Hockey East-foe Northeastern. Rensselaer returns to the ice next Friday and Saturday in a two-game series at Robert Morris. Both games begin at 2pm.