No. 6 UNH women's ice hockey defeats Yale, 5-2

Hitchcock leads Wildcats' offense with two goals, assist

Jennifer Hitchcock

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) scored two goals and assisted on another to propel the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 5-2 non-conference victory against Yale University at Ingalls Rink.

UNH improved to 17-0-1 lifetime vs. Yale and 6-2-0 this season with the victory while the Bulldogs fell to 1-3-2 on the year.

Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba), with the assistance of Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), scored a power-play goal at 14:34 of the first period and on the strength of a 10-3 shot advantage, the Wildcats took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Hitchcock, whose two goals and three points are season highs, increased UNH's advantage to 2-0 at 3:30 of the middle stanza. Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) was credited with an assist on the play.

With two Wildcats in the penalty box, Yale trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on a Sheila Zingler goal at 6:37 of the second period. Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.) scored what would be the game-winning goal at 9:43 when her shorthanded goal gave New Hampshire a 3-1 lead. Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) set up McLaughlin's second tally of the season.

UNH led by that 3-1 score at the end of two periods and Wright-Ward, with the assistance of Hitchcock, gave the 'Cats a 4-1 lead with her sixth goal of the season just 25 seconds into the final frame. Yale pulled within two goals, 4-2, on Zingler's second power-play goal of the game at 3:56. Hitchcock scored an empty-net, power-play goal with 1:02 remaining in the game to secure the Wildcats' victory. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) was credited with an assist on the tally.

UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 14 saves, including six in the third period. Yale goalie Shivon Zilis stopped 30 shots, 12 in the third.

The Wildcats held the opposition to fewer than 20 shots for the sixth time this season and, with two power-play goals vs. the Bulldogs, have now scored at least one power-play goal in all seven games.

New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 19 (7 p.m.) at Northeastern University. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 22 vs. Northeastern. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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