Faber, Hitchcock record goal, two assists apiece
DURHAM, N.H. - Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), the reigning Hockey East Player of the Week, both recorded three points with a goal and two assists to propel the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Wednesday night's 7-0 non-conference victory against Colgate University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH extended its national-best active unbeaten streak to nine games with its ninth consecutive win and improved to 14-2-0 overall. The last time the Wildcats won nine straight games was early in the 2001-02 season. Colgate is now 7-6-3.
Wildcat goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded 11 saves for her fifth shutout of the season and 16th career shutout, which is tied for No. 2 on the program's all-time list. A total of 12 UNH skaters recorded at least one point with Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.; two goals), Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.; goal, assist) and Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland; goal, assist) finishing with multiple points.
Following a scoreless first period in which the 'Cats recorded a 12-3 shot advantage, Hitchock, with the assistance of Faber and Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.) scored 40 seconds into the second stanza for a 1-0 lead. Faber netted an extra-attacker goal on a delayed penalty to extend the advantage to 2-0 at 3:02. Hitchcock and Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia), who took the initial shot from the right point, were credited with assists.
Wright-Ward and Taylor scored 25 seconds apart -- at 14:24 and 14:49, respectively -- to quickly put New Hampshire ahead 4-0. Wright-Ward scored off a rebound in front with assists going to Faber and Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), then Taylor netted a breakaway goal off a pass from Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) by lifting the puck from the right circle into the near upper corner. Hansen initiated the scoring sequence with the outlet to Hekle.
UNH took that 4-0 lead into the second intermission and scored three times in the final frame. Hansen scored at 2:47 when her shot from deep in the right circle trickled between Colgate goalie Brook Wheeler's legs into the net. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) increased the lead to six goals when she scored a power-play goal at 6:21. Taylor, with the initial shot from the high slot, and Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) were credited with assists. Wright-Ward closed the scoring on a shot from the low slot at 12:13. Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.), in her 2005-06 debut, set up the tally.
CU's Wheeler finished with 38 saves by recording double digits in saves each period (12-15-11-38).
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 7 (2 p.m.) at Boston University. The Wildcats' next home game is Jan. 11 vs. Harvard University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.