Hitchcock paces 'Cat attack with goal, two assists
DURHAM, N.H. -- Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) recorded a goal and two assists to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Tuesday night's 5-1 non-conference victory against Colgate University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 14-4-3 overall while Colgate is 7-10-1 following the first-ever meeting between these programs.
Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a goal at 2:55 of the first period. Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) initiated the sequence with a pass from the right corner behind the net to Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba), whose centering pass found Jones alone in front and she one-timed the puck into the net. All three of those skaters finished with a goal and an assist.
Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) extended the advantage to 2-0 less than four minutes later on a breakaway. Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) quickly moved the puck from the low slot to the blue line, where Hitchcock pushed it beyond the Colgate defense for Wedster. She gathered the puck at mid-ice, utilized her speed to create a breakaway and then fired a shot from between the circles that beat CU goaltender Rebecca Lahar.
The Raiders trimmed the deficit to 2-1 at 13:00 of the opening frame when Kristin Cirbus' centering pass from behind the net was redirected into the goal by Cheryl Setchell.
Hekle reestablished a two-goal lead, 3-1, on a power-play goal with 1:39 remaining in the first period when her centering pass from the right corner caromed off a CU skater across the goal line. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) and Jessica Zerafa (Mississauga, Ontario) were credited with assists.
The score remained 3-1 in favor of UNH until Hitchcock, with the assistance of Jones and Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario), tallied a power-play goal at 14:51 of the second period.
Caleo, standing at the top of the crease, scored the Wildcats' fifth goal of the game to close the scoring at 18:02 of the final frame.
UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 19 saves while Lahar stopped 25 shots defending the Raiders' goal.
New Hampshire returns to action this weekend for a two-game home series vs. the University of Maine. The series opens Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) and concludes Jan. 15 (2 p.m.).