Faber leads Wildcats with three goals, two assists
HANOVER, N.H. -- Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick and two assists to lead the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 6-2 victory against the Ottawa Raiders in an exhibition game of the Dartmouth Classic at Thompson Arena.
UNH (8-2-0 overall, 4-1-0 Hockey East) recorded a 44-8 shot advantage and the advantage on special teams, in which the Wildcats went 4-for-8 on the power play and Ottawa, a team out of the NWHL, was 0-for-5.
In addition to Faber, Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario; 1g, 2a) and Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.; 1g, 1a) had multiple points for the 'Cats, and seven other skaters recorded one point. Starting goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) was credited with two saves and exited the game with UNH leading 3-2 at 9:11 of the second stanza to earn the victory. Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) played the final 30:49 and shut out Ottawa with four saves.
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead on an Erica Olson goal at 2:26 of the first period. Faber, with the assistance of Wright-Ward, tied the score at 9:59. Ottawa regained the lead, 2-1, at 17:04 on a tally by Christin Powers but Wright-Ward scored just 27 seconds later to tie the game once again. Faber and Hitchcock were credited with assists. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), from Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario), gave New Hampshire its first lead of the game, 3-2, on a power-play tally at 18:35 as the Wildcats turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead in 64 seconds and never trailed again.
Following a scoreless middle stanza in which the 'Cats had a 16-3 shot advantage, UNH pulled away with three third-period power-play goals. Hitchcock (at 3:24) and Faber (5:32 and 18:02) accounted for the goals and had one assist each in the stanza. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario), Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) and Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) each had an assist in the final frame.
Ottawa starting goalie Vania Goeury stopped seven of 10 shots in the first period. Robyn Rittmaster played the last two periods and recorded 31 saves.
In Saturday's late game of the Dartmouth Classic, top-ranked University of Wisconsin defeated host Dartmouth College, 4-3.
New Hampshire faces off against Wisconsin when the Dartmouth Classic concludes Nov. 27 (1 p.m.). The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 30. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.