CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five points with one goal and four assist to propel the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 7-2 Hockey East victory against Boston College at Conte Forum.
UNH won its fourth consecutive game and extended its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) to improve to 12-7-3 overall and 7-0-1 in Hockey East. BC, now 0-26-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, is 5-11-2, 0-8-0.
Freshman goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.), who had not seen action since Nov. 2 and North Dakota, made 12 saves. BC goalie Lisa Davis stopped 42 shots, including 21 in the third period.
Hansen’s linemates had three points apiece as Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) recorded her first career hat trick and Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) finished with a goal and two assists. Martine Garland (Toronto, Ont.) also had a career day with a goal and two assists.
Hansen, whose four assists is also a career high, netted the only goal of the first period at 8:13. Garland initiated the scoring sequence with a shot from the left point. Paul, standing in the low slot, redirected the puck to the right post, where Hansen shot the puck into the open right side of the net.
UNH held BC without a shot in the first period. The ‘Cats also held Vermont shotless in the first period of a 6-1 victory earlier this season (Dec. 5) and did the same to the Eagles in a game last season.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 5-0 in the middle stanza and led 5-1 at the second intermission. Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) gave the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead when she converted a Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba; two assists) centering pass into a goal at 7:38, then UNH scored three goals in a five-minute span to break the game open. Caleo struck at 12:05 and 17:00, and Garland netted a power-play goal in between those tallies at 14:55.
BC trimmed the deficit to 5-2 on tallies by Kerri Sanders at 17:56 of the second period and Sarah Courtney at 3:49 of the final frame. Sanders’ goal ended a shutout streak of 181:05 by UNH goaltenders.
UNH quickly regained control, however, and Paul scored a power-play goal at 8:10. Caleo completed her hat trick with 3:00 remaining in the game.
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with a home-and-home series against defending Hockey East champion Providence College. The series begins Jan. 31 (2 p.m.) at UNH’s Whittemore Center.