Jones records goal, two assists to propel Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior captain Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) recorded a goal and two assists to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-0 Hockey East victory against the University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center.
Jones and linemates Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) combined to produce three goals and four assists as UNH improved to 4-0-0 and 1-0-0 in Hockey East. UConn fell to 0-3-0, 0-1-0.
New Hampshire goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) registered her second shutout of the season and ninth of her career with 12 saves, including six the in second period and one on a breakaway against Tiffany Owens midway through the final frame.
Jones gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 8:17 of the first period when, from the left corner, Caleo centered the puck to Jones, who scored on her own rebound in front. The 'Cats took a 2-0 lead with a power-play tally at 18:32. The initial shot from the high slot by Diana Saly (Edina, Minn.) was stopped by UConn goaltender Kaitlyn Shain (37 saves), but the puck trickled free and Hekle poked it across the goal line. Jones was also credited with an assist.
UNH took that 2-0 lead into the first intermission and Caleo quickly increased the advantage to 3-0 at 1:55 of the second stanza. Hekle's pass in the neutral zone sent Jones into the Huskies' offensive zone along the left dasher. She then forced her way towards the left post and fired a shot that was turned aside by Shain. The rebound went to the front of the net, however, and a charging Caleo shot the puck into the open net.
In the final frame, moments after Bourdon denied Owens' breakaway bid, Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) had a breakaway the other way. She cut from the right dasher to the slot and beat Shain with a low shot at 10:48. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) set up the tally with a pass out of the defensive zone.
UNH generated a 41-12 shot advantage, including 16-1 in the first period.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 24 (3 p.m.) at Boston College. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 31 vs. Brown. Game time is 2 p.m.