Hansen records 100th career point amidst first career hat trick
DURHAM, N.H. - Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) recorded her first career hat trick and her 100th career point to lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 10-2 Hockey East victory against Boston College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH reached the 20-win mark for the third time in as many years under the direction of head coach Brian McCloskey by improving to 20-7-6 overall and 12-3-4 in the league. New Hampshire remains tied with Providence College, a 5-4 overtime winner at Northeastern University on Saturday, atop the Hockey East standings with one game remaining in the season. BC, which has secured the No. 4 seed in next weekend's Hockey East tournament, is now 10-18-4, 6-10-3.
Hansen was one of seven Wildcat skaters who recorded multiple points vs. the Eagles. Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) matched her career high of three assists and scored a goal to finish with a career-high four points. Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) also registered a goal and three assists to establish personal benchmarks in both assists and points, and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) finished with four points, all on assists. In addition, Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) recorded her second career hat trick, Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) had her first career multiple-goal game with two tallies and Diana Saly (Edina, Minn.) registered her first career multiple-point game with two assists.
Senior forward Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), skating her last regular-season game at the Whittemore Center, recorded one point with an assist to sustain her career 1.00 points-per-game average in 140 games.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded nine saves in victory. BC starting goalie Alison Quandt stopped 20 of 24 shots in two periods before giving way to Christine Moynihan at the start of the third period. Moynihan made a save and allowed a goal in just 4:27 of action, then Lisa Davis played the final 15:33 with four saves and three goals allowed.
The Wildcats generated a 15-2 shot advantage in the first period and led 1-0 at the first intermission on Hansen's tally at 9:04. Hansen then became the 33rd 'Cat to attain the 100-point milestone at 1:27 of the second period when Craig banked her shot off the back of Quandt into the net. Power-play goals by Wedster (at 11:15) and Hitchcock (13:23) extended UNH's advantage to 4-0.
The final frame featured a flurry of goals. Hitchcock ignited the outburst with a goal just 39 seconds into the period that gave the 'Cats a 5-0 lead. Clement (3:54), Hansen (4:27) and Hitchcock (5:01) netted goals 67 seconds apart to build an 8-0 advantage.
BC avoided the shutout when Deborah Spillane scored at 6:53, but Hansen completed her hat trick by scoring UNH's third power-play goal of the game less than three minutes later. Michelle Lombardi trimmed the margin to 9-2 at 15:46 and Clement capped the scoring with 44 seconds remaining when she stole the puck off a forecheck and scored.
The 10 goals marked the first time UNH reached double digits in the scoring column since Oct. 26, 2002, when the 'Cats were 10-0 victors at Quinnipiac University. The last time UNH scored 10 goals at the Whittemore Center was Nov. 3, 2001, with a 10-0 victory vs. Quinnipiac. The Wildcats' six third-period tallies marked the team's highest output in a single stanza since Feb. 20, 1999, when they netted six goals in both the second and third periods in a 16-3 victory at Boston College.
New Hampshire and Boston College conclude the regular season Sunday at BC's Conte Forum. Game time is 2 p.m.