Zerafa propels 'Cats with two goals, assist
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Jessica Zerafa (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded three points with two goals and an assist to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-1 Hockey East victory against Boston College at Conte Forum.
UNH, now 29-0-1 lifetime vs. BC, improved to 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Hockey East while the Eagles fell to 0-4-0, 0-1-0.
After killing successive shorthanded situations in the opening minutes of the game, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 5:59. A Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) centering pass from the left circle was shot into the net from between the circles by a charging Andrea Hanley (Riva, Md.). Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) was also credited with an assist.
Zerafa extended the advantage to 2-0 at 14:22 when she picked up a loose puck at the left circle, cut to the front of the net and tucked a low shot past BC goalie Alison Quandt.
BC took advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play advantage to trim the deficit to 2-1 at 17:29. Colleen Harris carried the puck behind the net and found Sarah Feldman at the right post and her shot slid inside the far post. UNH had not allowed a power-play goal in 42 shorthanded situations this season.
New Hampshire extended its lead to 4-1 in the second period. In a scrum at the top of the crease, the initial shot by Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) was stopped by Quandt but Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was also in front to poke in the rebound and give the 'Cats a 3-1 lead at 3:39.
Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) recorded her first career point when she scored a goal on a breakaway as she cut from the right point to the low slot. Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) set up the tally, which gave the Wildcats a 4-1 lead at 7:48, with a pass through the neutral zone.
Zerafa's second goal of the game increased the advantage to 5-1 at 15:03 when she scored on her own rebound in front. Craig, with the assistance of Zerafa and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) capped the scoring at 17:44.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) was credited with 13 saves and Quandt stopped 20 shots for BC.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 31 at home vs. Brown University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.