Caleo, Palazeti lead 'Cat attack with goal, assist each
DURHAM, N.H. -- Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded 13 saves for her 13th career shutout and both Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) had a goal and an assist to lead the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-0 Hockey East victory against Boston College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, now 32-0-2 in 34 lifetime meetings against the Eagles, improved to 5-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Hockey East. It was the first loss of the year for BC, now 2-1-3, 1-1-1.
Bourdon recorded nine of her 13 saves in the first period and was not required to make a save in the final frame. It marked the second time this season that the Wildcats held an opponent without a shot for an entire period, as the 'Cats also held Niagara University without a third-period shot in an Oct. 21 road game.
Caleo quickly gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead 2:19 into the game when she scored off a rebound in front of the net. The play started when defenseman Maggie Joyce (Norfolk, Mass.) skated the puck in from the left point to the left circle, where she fired a shot that was redirected in front by Palazeti. BC goalie Johanna Ellison was in position to stop that shot but Caleo took advantage of the loose puck off the rebound.
Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on another rebound in front to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead at 12:53. Lindsey Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) pushed the puck from the right circle down low, where Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) fired a shot that was blocked by Ellison at the right post. Craig collected the rebound in front and lifted the puck into the net for a power-play goal.
UNH took that 2-0 lead into the second period and netted two more goals in the middle stanza to extend the advantage to 4-0. On the third tally, Caleo passed the puck forward to the left circle, where Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) swooped in and centered a pass to Palazeti, who scored from pointblank range at 7:51. Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) closed the scoring with 11 seconds remaining in the second period on a shorthanded tally. After a BC defenseman fell down in the left circle, Faber picked up the loose puck, skated across the crease alone, waited for Ellison to go down and lifted a shot across to the upper-left corner.
The 'Cats dominated play in the third period and controlled possession in the offensive zone for a majority of the 20 minutes. They recorded an 11-0 shot advantage in the final frame to finish with a 35-13 shot advantage overall.
BC's Ellison was credited with 31 saves. One of the Eagles' best opportunities to score came off the opening faceoff in the second period, when Sarah Feldman split the defenseman to break into the zone alone down the slot, but she fired a shot wide of the net.
New Hampshire and BC conclude the home-and-home series Nov. 5 (7 p.m.) at Conte Forum. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 22 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.