BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior captain Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) recorded two points, including the game-winning goal, to reach the 100-point milestone and lead the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 6-2 victory against the University of Vermont in Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
UNH remained atop the Hockey East standings by improving to 12-2-3 in the league and the Wildcats moved to 17-5-5 overall with their season-best eighth consecutive win. UVM, which has lost all 21 games in the battle of the ‘Cats, is now 5-24-1, 3-14-0.
Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario), who was named Hockey East’s Player of the Month for January, recorded a career-high four points with two goals and two assists and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) matched her personal best of four assists to finish with four points.
Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) and Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) both tallied a goal and an assist while goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) was credited with eight saves. UVM counterpart Caitlin Whitlock stopped 26 shots.
Bellamy entered the game with 98 career points and inched closer to the milestone when her power-play goal at 16:50 of the first period gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning goal. She assisted on Wakefield’s power-play goal at 13:15 of the second period to become the sixth UNH defensemen to reach the 100-point milestone. Bellamy now has 24 goals and 76 assists.
The Catamounts took a 1-0 lead when Kyleigh Palmer, with the assistance of Teddy Fortin, struck at 3:46 of the first period.
Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) and Paton potted goals 64 seconds apart – at 9:52 and 10:56, respectively – to give the visiting ‘Cats a lead they would not relinquish. Julie Allen (Brampton, Ontario) set up Taylor’s tally, then Faber and Long had a hand in Paton’s goal.
Bellamy, from Paton and Wakefield, extended UNH’s advantage to 3-1 and the Wildcats took that two-goal edge, as well as a 15-4 shot advantage, into the first intermission.
Paton, with the assistance of Faber, netted her 17th goal of the season with a power-play tally at 7:42 of the second stanza. Celeste Doucet, from Fortin and Palmer, pulled UVM within 4-2 with a power-play goal at 10:55.
Wakefield scored UNH’s third power-play goal of the game to reestablish a three-goal advantage of 5-2 and mark Bellamy’s 100th career point.
Long closed the scoring at 17:03 of the final frame. Faber, who also set up Wakefield’s tally, and Paton were credited with assists.
With the four-point effort, Faber climbed into sixth place on UNH’s career points list at 181 (76 goals, 105 assists).
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 13 at Providence College and the Wildcats’ play host to the Friars on Feb. 14. Both games begin at 7 p.m.