Hansen records two goals, one assist on Senior Day
DURHAM, N.H. - Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) matched her career highs in both assists (four) and points (five) to propel the No. 1-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 8-0 Hockey East victory in the regular-season finale against the University of Vermont at the Whittemore Center.
UNH won its 14th consecutive game to extend its NCAA-record unbeaten streak to 26 games (25-0-1) and improve to 30-2-1 overall, 19-1-1 Hockey East. The Wildcats will be the top seed in the Hockey East Championship - March 4-5 at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena - and face fourth-seeded University of Maine (17-8-6, 9-8-4) in the semifinals. Vermont ends its inaugural season in Hockey East at 3-29-2, 1-19-1.
Each of UNH's three seniors recorded a point on Senior Day as forward Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) finished with two goals and one assist while defensemen Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) and Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.) both registered an assist. Three other Wildcats finished with multiple points as Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) matched Hansen's output, Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) recorded a goal and an assist and Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) had two assists.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 11 saves, including five in the first period, to record her second consecutive shutout. UNH has shut out four consecutive opponents, which is the team's longest since five straight in fall 2001, and ended the regular season with a shutout streak of 282 minutes, 19 seconds. Bourdon now has eight shutouts this year, which ranks second on the program's list of single-season superlatives. Her 18career shutouts also ranks second.
UVM goalie Jenilee Roy stopped 30 shots, including 11 in the opening stanza and 10 in the final frame.
Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) and Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored New Hampshire's other two goals and single assists went to Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.), Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario), Maggie Joyce (Norfolk, Mass.), Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.).
Wright-Ward's team-high 27th goal of the season gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead at 5:20 of the first period and Hansen's tally at 17:51 put UNH ahead 2-0 at the first intermission. Faber's power-play goal at 14:30 was the only second-period tally.
Hansen opened the five-goal third period just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. Bellamy netted a power-play goal at 11:13 to extend the lead to 5-0 and Clement's 17th goal of the season upped the advantage to six goals at 14:40. Hitchcock closed the scoring with an even-strength goal at 16:07 and UNH's third power-play goal of the game at 18:40.
New Hampshire has now scored at least one power-play goal in 10 consecutive games (20-for-54) and its penalty kill unit has been perfect in nine consecutive games (33-for-33).
UNH extended its home unbeaten streak to 23 games (22-0-1) with its 17th consecutive win at the Whitt, and that includes all 16 home games this season.