CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ontario) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) both recorded a goal and assist to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Thursday nights 5-2 Hockey East victory against Boston College at Conte Forum.
UNH won its fifth consecutive game and extended the nation's longest unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) to improve to 20-8-4 overall and 15-1-2 in Hockey East, This is the eighth time in the past 10 seasons that UNH has reached the 20-win mark. BC, now 0-27.-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, fell to 6-19-3, 1-15-1,
The Wildcats entered the second period trailing 1-0 but evened the score when Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored on a rebound from the right doorstep. VanMassenhove, whose initial shot was stopped by the goalie, and Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) were credited with assists.
Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) fired a slap shot from the top-inside of the right circle inside the near post to give UNH a 2-1 lead with 1:00 remaining in the second period. Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) set up the tally.
Paul extended the advantage to 3-1 at 2:09 of the third period when she scored into an open net off a rebound in front of the net. Lindsey Calleo (Clinton Township, Mich.), whose shot caromed off the right post, and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) set up the goal.
BC closed within 3-2 at 7:28 on a goal by Heidi Seidewand from the right circle. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario) reestablished a two-goal cushion, 4-2, in a 2-on-l breakaway as she tapped a centering pass from Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) into the net. Paul set up the breakaway with a pass from mid-ice.
VanMassenhove sealed the victory with an empty-net goal at 17:16. Caleo and Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) were credited with assists,
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) made seven saves while BC counterpart Lisa Davis stopped 28 shots, including 17 in the first period.
BC netted the only goal of the first period at 2:06 when Jill McInnis’ shot from the right point was redirected into the net by Jen Fischl. The Wildcats' best first-period opportunity occurred just two minutes later when Wright-Ward carried the puck into the zone in a 2-on-0 breakaway and snapped a wrist shot from the slot that caromed off the .right post
New Hampshire and Boston College conclude the home-and-home series March 6 at the Whittemore Center. UNH will honor its seven seniors prior to the game, which begins at 2 p.m.