The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are tied for fourth place in the ECAC standings, but their back-to-back non-conference losses to Minnesota over the weekend are sure to hurt them in the national polls.
Last Saturday, the Golden Gophers used three power play goals and a short-handed goal to maintain an early 2-0 lead. Minnesota's Nadine Muzerall would prove to be more than UNH could handle, as she scored the Golden Gophers final four goals on the way to a 6-2 win.
While the Wildcats would jump out to a 2-0 lead the following day, Minnesota proved too determined for the weekend sweep and launched a comeback victory. Muzerall scored the winning goal on a power play 10:21 into the third period for a 5-4 final. On the weekend, Minnesota scored on six of 13 power play chances.
Yale emerged victorious on Saturday in a battle of ECAC bottom feeders, defeating Boston College 2-0. Goals by Sara Wood and Lisa Meyers gave the Bulldogs some confidence before they were embarrassed 9-1 in Hanover by the Big Green the following day. Yale goaltender Katie Hirte only had to make nine saves between the pipes for the Saturday shutout.
Jessica Tabb's goal for Providence with only 43 seconds left in the first period would be the game's only scoring until the third period when Jenn Butsch and Stacy Kreger finally scored two insurance goals in a 3-1 win over Cornell.
The Big Red finally got on the board with Erica Olson's goal with seven minutes left, but it was too little, too late. Although Cornell had the upper hand with more shots on goal, the Big Red were hurt by going zero for six on the power play.
Cornell rebounded on Sunday however, as Erica Olson's hat trick lead the Big Red past the Northeastern Huskies 4-3. After two periods of play, the score was knotted at 2-2, thanks to Olson, whose two goals in the second period sparked a Cornell comeback.
Alison Stewart's goal with 1:09 left sealed the victory for Cornell, but the Huskies wouldn't give up. Lisa Giovanelli's power play goal with just five seconds left served only her pride as the Huskies lost for only the fifth time all season.
After trailing by a single goal with one period to play, Shannon Smith's goal 12:03 into the third period tied St. Lawrence's and Northeastern's shootout at four. The Huskies were just getting warmed up though as Hilary Witt, Lisa Giovanelli, and Betsy Dyke scored three unanswered goals to bury the Saints 7-4
The woes continued for SLU last Sunday as Providence came off a two-goal win over Cornell with their guns blazing. Jessica Tabb's two goals made the score 3-0 in favor of Providence with a period and a half remaining. Sara DeCosta was invaluable in goal for the Mountain Hawks as she stopped all twenty-five Saints shots to post a 4-0 shutout.
After a scoreless first period, Kristy Zamora broke the ice just nine seconds into the second frame to give the Bears a 1-0 lead over Niagara. Patricia Long's goal seven minutes later wasn't enough to carry the Bears to victory as a tepid Purple Eagles offense tied the game at two with goals from Valerie Hall and Jennifer Skalski.
Ali Kenney of Brown finally netted the game-winner with just less than five minutes to go. While the score was close at 3-2, Niagara was kept in the game by goaltender Tania Pinelli, who had 45 saves on the afternoon.
Neither Princeton nor Boston College could get on the board in the first two periods on Sunday. BC's offense was consistently ineffective with just six shots on goal in the first two frames. On the other hand, Christy Nentwig was called upon to stop 23 shots in that same span for the Eagles.
Andrea Kilbourne's goal for the Tigers six minutes into the final period was all Princeton needed to rebound from a 3-1 loss to Dartmouth the day before. Annamarie Holmes added an insurance goal two minutes later to ensure a 2-0 win over the Eagles.
The Tigers now have a 6-6-2 record in the ECAC and are tied for eighth place with St. Lawrence.