No. 8 UNH women's ice hockey rolls past Vermont, 6-1

DURHAM, N.H. - Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) and Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) both recorded a goal and two assists to propel the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 6-1 non-conference victory against the University of Vermont at the Whittemore Center.

UNH (3-0-1 Hockey East) improved to 8-0-0 lifetime vs. Vermont and 7-4-2 on the 2003-04 season. UVM fell to 3-10-1 overall and is 0-4-0 in the ECAC.

Twelve Wildcat skaters recorded a point, led by linemates Hansen and Paul. Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) centered that duo and was the other 'Cat with a multiple-point night on two assists. UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 11 saves and recorded her first collegiate point with an assist on the game-winning goal.

Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.), with the assistance of Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.), gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead at 4:18 of the first period when her shot from the left point sailed into the upper-left corner of the net. Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) netted what proved to be the game-winning goal at 15:44 of the opening stanza when she scored off a rebound from Hekle's shot.

The Wildcats also scored a pair of goals in the second period to build a 4-0 lead. Paul scored on her own rebound at 2:09 and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), with the help of Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.), extended the advantage to four goals at 15:43.

Martine Garland (Toronto, Ont.) netted a power-play goal from the left point at 1:02 of the third period to give the 'Cats a 5-0 lead. UVM, which was held without a first-period shot and was outshot 47-12 overall, trimmed the deficit to 5-1 at 7:04 when Kate Hudspeth scored from the top of the crease into an open net off a Kristen Norris shot. Hansen reestablished a five-goal cushion just 1:32 later, however, to close the scoring.

UVM starting goalie Kami Cote made 34 saves and surrendered six goals in 50:36 of action. Katie Nichols played the final 9:24 and stopped all seven shots she faced.

New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 9 (7 p.m.) at third-ranked Harvard University. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 12 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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