Hitchcock, Craig record two points apiece for Wildcats
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) scored two power-play goals and Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) recorded two assists to lead the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 4-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
UNH, now 10-0-0 lifetime vs. the Catamounts, won its sixth consecutive game to improve to 11-2-0 overall and 6-1-0 in Hockey East. Vermont is 2-13-2, 1-5-1.
Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 10:18 of the first period when she kept the puck in the zone at the high slot, skated towards the net and wristed a shot into the upper-left corner.
UNH took that 1-0 lead, and a 13-3 edge in shots, into the second period and Hitchcock scored a pair of power-play goals 3:47 apart -- both on deflections -- to extend the advantage to 3-0.
The Wildcats opened the middle stanza with 30 seconds remaining on a power play and scored 25 seconds after the opening faceoff when Hitchcock, standing in the low slot, tipped Craig's shot from the right point into the upper-left corner. Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play. Hitchcock struck again at 4:12 by redirecting a shot from the high slot by Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) into the net. Craig, with a centering pass from the right point, set up the tally.
UNH scored another goal on a redirection by a player in the slot, this time by Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) on a Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia) shot from the high slot at 6:07 of the third period to push the lead to 4-0. Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.) assisted on Wright-Ward's goal with a pass from the right point.
The Catamounts avoided the shutout at with 3:19 remaining in the game on a goal by Karen Sentoff.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 13 saves and her shutout streak ended at 131 minutes, 1 second with the UVM goal. Vermont goalie Katie Nichols was credited with 33 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 4, 2006 vs. Colgate. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.