Peters records goal, assist to lead 'Cats
DURHAM, N.H. -- Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Tuesday night's 2-0 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, winners of 14 straight in the series vs. the Huskies, improved to 8-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in Hockey East with its third consecutive victory. NU is now 2-11-1, 2-6-1.
UNH goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) made her season debut and was credited with nine saves to record her third career shutout. Busa was not challenged very frequently, but three minutes into the second period she denied Ashley Bielawski at the right post on a breakaway and then stopped the rebound attempt by Ali Bielawski, also at the right post. It was Northeastern's first shots on goal in nearly 20 minutes, spanning back to before UNH took a 1-0 lead at 5:50 of the first period.
Peters gave the Wildcats that 1-0 lead on a screened shot from the right point that fluttered under the crossbar. Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia), with the pass across the blue line, and Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland), who entered the offensive zone and circled to the left side before dropping the puck back to Goguen, were credited with assists.
Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) extended UNH's lead to 2-0 at 11:26 of the first period on a shot from between the circles. Peters, who skated for NU in the 2003 and 2004 seasons before transferring to UNH, set up the goal to match her career high of two points.
The 'Cats controlled play the entire game and Northeastern goaltender Marisa Hourihan stopped 52 shots, including 20 in the third period.
UNH finished with a 54-9 shot advantage. Despite not scoring a power-play goal for the first time this season, the Wildcats registered a total of 20 shots on five power plays.
New Hampshire returns to action this weekend at the Dartmouth Classic. The Wildcats open the tourney Nov. 26 with an exhibition game against the Ottawa Raiders, then play top-ranked University of Wisconsin on Nov. 27. Both games begin at 1 p.m. UNH's next home game is Nov. 30 (7 p.m.) vs. Boston University.