BURLINGTON, Vt. – Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) recorded her 100th career point with the second of her two assists Saturday night in the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team's 5-0 Hockey East victory against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
UNH, now 16-0-0 lifetime vs. Vermont, won its sixth consecutive game to improve to 7-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 in Hockey East. UVM, which opened the season with four consecutive wins, is now 4-5-0, 0-2-0.
Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.; goal, assist), Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario; two assists) and Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.; two goals) also recorded two points apiece.
UNH freshman goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) was credited with seven saves to record her second career shutout. UVM goalie Kristen Olychuck stopped 26 shots.
Faber opened the game scoring at 17:28 on her fifth goal of the season; that tally stood as the game-winning goal and she now has four game-winners this season. Rookie defensemen Julia Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland) and Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.) were credited with assists, and that marked the first career point for Dziengelewski.
UNH led 1-0 with a 10-0 shot advantage at the first intermission.
The Wildcats then netted two power-play goals in both the second and third periods, and they finished the night 4-for-6 with the extra skater. Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), with the assistance of Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) and Craig, gave the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead at 4:18. Wright-Ward then netted the first of her two goals in the game at 11:19 to extend UNH’s advantage to three goals. Assists on that tally went to Paton and Craig, who recorded her 100th career point with that helper.
New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead and 20-4 shot advantage into the locker room at the end of the second stanza.
Steph Holmes (Rye, N.Y.) gave UNH a 4-0 lead at 10:56 of the final frame and Wright-Ward netted her fourth goal of the season 1:11 later to close the scoring. Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) set up Holmes’ tally; Faber and Paton were credited with assists on New Hampshire’s fifth goal.
UNH is now 8-for-16 on the power play in the last three games.
Both Paton and Craig extended their point-scoring streak to five games and Wright-Ward’s point streak now stands at four.
New Hampshire returns to action when the Wildcats begin an eight-game homestand Nov. 7 (7 p.m.) against Boston College. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 866-WILDCAT. Video for the game will be available online at UNHwildcats.tv.