Niagara (6-3-2) kept up with the best women's hockey team in the country for a period and a half, but ultimately fell to No. 1 New Hampshire, 6-2, Saturday afternoon before 588 at the Whittemore Center. The teams will meet again today at 1 p.m.
"I think we played well despite some mental lapses, which we look to fix for tomorrow," Purple Eagles coach Margot Page said.
Niagara responded with two power-play goals by Christina Jablonski and Mallory Yorkson within a span of 31 seconds to take the lead after the Wildcats (13-2) jumped in front on the power play at 5:12 of the first period.
UNH then scored twice within a span of 1:38 to take the lead. It stayed 3-2 until Jennifer Hitchcock scored with 4:07 left in the second period, just 13 seconds after Shannon Moulson of Niagara went off for cross-checking. New Hampshire put it away with two third-period goals.
Nikki Rudy made 31 saves for Niagara. Jill Zelonis played the last eight minutes and made three saves.
>Griffs routed by No. 1
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University, the No. 1 ranked Division I men's hockey team in the nation, rolled to its 13th win in 14 games, routing Canisius, 11-1.
Eric Rex scored his first collegiate goal for Canisius (2-9-2) in the second period to make it 4-1. Miami (13-1) scored four times in the opening period against goalie Andrew Loewen. Taylor Anderson took over in nets at the start of the second -- his first collegiate experience -- and allowed seven goals.