Palazeti leads 'Cats with goal, assist
DURHAM, N.H. -- Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) recorded a goal and an assist to propel the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 non-conference victory against Yale University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, now 16-0-1 lifetime vs. Yale, extended its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) to improve to 13-3-2 overall this season. Yale dropped its fourth consecutive game and is 9-7-0.
The Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead when Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) scored 73 seconds into the game. Palazeti made a centering pass from the left corner and Craig one-timed a shot from between the faceoff circles into the net.
Palazeti scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when she gave the 'Cats a 2-0 advantage at 7:35 of the opening stanza. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) dropped the puck for Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) at the left point. Hansen's pass was to the low slot was collected by Palazeti and her shot sailed into the upper left corner of the net.
UNH carried that 2-0 lead into the second period but the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on a power-play goal at 8:09 of the second period. Jenna Spring won the faceoff back to Erin Duggan, whose shot from the left point was stopped by UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec). Deena Caplette, standing alone in front of the net, gathered the rebound and fired the puck into the open right side of the net.
The Wildcats reestablished a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 4:05 of the third period when Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) netted her 12th goal of the season. The initial shot from Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) at the top of the crease was blocked by Yale goalie Sarah Love, but Hekle battled for position in front of the net and pushed the loose puck across the goal line.
Yale pulled goaltender Sarah Love in favor of an extra skater with 1:45 remaining but did not register a shot before a Bulldog was whistled for tripping at 19:18. Love reentered the game at that point and remained in net the rest of the way as UNH generated offensive pressure to secure the win.
Bourdon finished with 29 saves, 17 of which came in the second period. Love turned away 27 shots defending the Yale cage.
New Hampshire continues its eight-game homestand Jan. 5 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.