Wildcats win 3-2 over Syracuse
Published: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Updated: Saturday, October 5, 2013 20:10
The UNH women’s hockey team overcame a two goal deficit Saturday afternoon, winning 3-2 against Syracuse University, improving their record to 2-2-0.
With the score even at two goals apiece and 5:33 remaining in the period, Alexis Crossley scored a power play goal to make the score 3-2 New Hampshire. It was her second of the game.
The play started with a pass from Hanna Armstrong near the left faceoff circle back to Crossley at the point, who had the time and space to wind up and slap the puck past Syracuse goaltender Kallie Billadeau. Armstrong and Nicole Gifford assisted the goal.
The Wildcats started the game slower than they would have liked, giving up two goals a little more than halfway through the second period. The momentum shifted when Alexis Crossley scored a power play goal with 5:15 left in the second period. The scoring play came off of a failed shot by Gifford, who recovered her rebound off the right side of the net and passed it back up to Crossley at the point. Crossley took a wrist shot at the net, and it slid past the four Syracuse penalty killers and went in the goal on Billadeau’s right side.
Only 3:03 into the third period, the Wildcats gained a two-on-two rush into the Syracuse zone. Jessica Hitchcock shot the puck, which was deflected off of the Syracuse defenseman’s stick and over Billabeau’s shoulder, tying the game at two goals.
During the final minute, Caroline Broderick took a shot to the right knee and limped off the ice in pain.
In roughly seven minutes into the second period, Armstrong slid into the boards with a Syracuse skater during a race for the puck into the Syracuse zone and got up holding her hand in pain. She returned to the ice after a brief pause in play.