HANOVER, N.H. -- Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) gave the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team the lead and goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) preserved it to give the Wildcats a 2-1 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon against top-ranked University of Wisconsin in second-day action of the Dartmouth Classic at Thompson Arena.
UNH, which defeated the Ottawa Raiders, 6-2, Saturday afternoon, won the Dartmouth Classic and improved to 9-2-0 overall, 4-0-1 lifetime vs. Wisconsin. UW, which had defeated host Dartmouth College on Saturday (4-3), had its 11-game winning streak come to an end and is now 11-2-0.
Bourdon finished with 15 saves and fended off the Badgers in the final 42 seconds, when they pulled goaltender Meghan Horras in favor of an extra skater and then went on the power play with 23 seconds remaining to create a 6x4 advantage.
Palazeti gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 19:55 of the first period on a breakaway when she backhanded a shot under the crossbar. Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) set up the goal with a tape-to-tape pass from the defensive zone.
UNH led by that one-goal margin until Hekle extended the advantage to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 2:01 of the second period. Shannon Clement (Sault St. Marie, Ontario) and Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), whose shot was redirected into the net by Hekle, were credited with assists.
UW pulled within 2-1 at 5:06 of the third period on a power-play goal by Jinelle Zaugg.
Horras finished with 21 saves, including nine in the third period, for the Badgers.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 30 at home against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.