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Hot Start Lifts New Hampshire Past Yale, 5-3

Mallory Souliotis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mallory Souliotis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Buoyed by a three-goal first period, New Hampshire hung on for a 5-3 win over the Yale women's ice hockey team Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Wildcats built a 5-1 lead before third-period goals by senior defenseman Taylor Marchin and senior forward Phoebe Staenz pulled the Bulldogs within two.

New Hampshire (8-11-1), which is now 4-0-1 in its last four games, got off to a hot start thanks to a goal from forward Nicole Dunbar just 77 seconds in. The Wildcats extended that lead on goals by forwards Ali Praus and Kate Haslett (on a power play) later in the frame.

Yale (4-7-2) got back in the game with an unassisted goal from Staenz just 48 seconds into the second. But New Hampshire then scored twice in a span of just over a minute, at 8:21 and 9:35, to re-gain control.

Marchin scored on a power play at 5:39 of the third, assisted by sophomore defenseman Julia Yetman and junior forward Eden Murray, to pull Yale closer. Staenz scored an extra attacker goal, assisted by junior defenseman Mallory Souliotis and Murray, with 29 seconds left but it was not enough.

Wildcats goalie Hilary Cashin made 21 saves, improving her record to 7-4-1. Senior Hanna Mandl made 11 saves for Yale before giving way to freshman Tera Hofmann after the first. Hofmann made 20 saves.

Yale is off until Dec. 30, when the Bulldogs travel to Vermont for a two-game set.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity)