Palazeti records two goals, assist in collegiate debut
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) recorded two goals and an assist in her collegiate debut to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Tuesday night's 5-0 non-conference victory against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
With the win, UNH (1-0-0) improved to 24-3-1 in season openers with seven shutouts as well as 9-0-0 lifetime vs. Vermont with six-shutouts. The Catamounts are NOW 1-2-0 following their second consecutive loss.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped six shots, including four in the third period, to record her eighth career shutout in 27 career games. Five of UNH's nine newcomers recorded a point in a balanced Wildcat attack.
The Wildcats dominated play in the first period and did not allow the Catamounts to record a shot on goal in building a 1-0 lead. Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.; goal, assist), the team's top point producer a year ago, netted the first UNH goal of the season at 10:39. Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) and Palazeti were credited with assists, and it was the first career point for Palazeti.
New Hampshire continued to control the puck in the second period and extended its lead to 3-0 with a 10-2 shot advantage. Audi Hanley (Riva, Md.) recorded her first collegiate point as she scored off her own rebound to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at 11:35. Nicole Heklc (Winnipeg, Manitoba) set up the tally for the first of her two assists. A power-play goal by Palazeti pushed the advantage to 3-0 with 4:15 remaining in the period. Diana Saly (Edina, Minn.) and Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) each recorded her first point in a Wildcat uniform with an assist on the play.
Jennifer Hitchcock. (LaSalle, Ontario), with the assistance of Hekle and Marline
Garland (Toronto, Ontario), netted a power-play goal at 5:56 of the third period to give
UNH a 4-0 lead. It was Hitchcock's first career point. Palazeti capped the scoring with her second goal of the game in front of the crease that was set up by Hansen at 11:17. :
UNH finished the game with a 45-6 shot advantage as UVM goalie Kami Cote recorded 40 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 15 with its home opener vs. Niagara University at the Whittemore Center. The teams face off again Oct. 16 and both games begin at 7 p.m.