DURHAM, N.H.--Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) assisted on two goals to tie the school record of 255 career points as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team defeated the Boston College Eagles 9-1 Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Nine different Wildcats found the back of the net and junior center Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) led the scoring attack with one goal and two assists. With the win, UNH improves to 21-7-0 overall and 14-5-0 in the ECAC. Boston College falls to 6-20-1 overall and 1-19-1 in league play.
In the first period, senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) sent a centering pass to senior forward Sabrina Monsen (Eagle River, Alaska) who found the net at 1:37 for a 1-0 UNH lead. The Eagles tied the game 1-1 at 6:48 when forward Jen Buckley put a high shot past UNH senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.). The Wildcats took over from there as McKenzie and senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Chittenango, N.Y.) tallied goals less than three minutes apart to stretch the lead to 3-1 entering the second stanza.
At 3:13 of the second period UNH extended the lead to 4-1 when Zaban passed the puck to senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) who cut in front of the net and beat Boston College goalie Sharon Van Tuyl. Freshman defenseman Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) took a slapshot from the left point that weaved through traffic at 15:02 to put the Wildcats ahead 5-1.
In the final stanza, the Wildcats received goals from senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) at 1:09, Thornton at 6:39 and junior forward Jenn Wildman (London, Ont.) at 11:20 to extend the lead to 8-1. At 17:43, Zaban’s assist on Brandi Kerns’ (Colorado Springs, Colo.) goal gave Zaban 255 career points and put her in a tie with Kathy Bryant for the school scoring record. She needs just one point to break the 19 year old record held by Bryant.
Roberts finished with 17 saves and VanTuyl recorded 45 saves in a losing cause.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday when Dartmouth comes to the Whittemore Center for a 3 p.m. start.