Jones powers 'Cat attack with two goals
DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior captain Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) scored two second-period goals to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-1 non-conference victory against Niagara University.
UNH, which improved to 22-5-1 in home openers and 11-3-1 lifetime vs. Niagara, is now 2-0-0 this season. This was the season opener for Niagara.
Trailing 1-0 at the end of one period despite a 14-7 shot advantage, the Wildcats pulled even on Jones' power-play goal at 1:21. Rebecca Peters (Dover, N.H.) and Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.), whose centering pass from the left dasher found Jones in the slot, were credited with assists.
The Wildcats continued to control play through most of the period - the 'Cats generated a 16-4 shot advantage in the middle stanza - and Jones struck again with 13 seconds remaining in the frame to give the 'Cats a 2-1 lead. Caleo started the scoring sequence with a pass through the neutral zone to Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Her shot from close range was stopped by NU goaltender Allison Rutledge, but Jones pushed the loose puck off the rebound into the net.
Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) extended the advantage to 3-1 at 5:48 of the third period on a shot from the low slot. Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) set up the tally. Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia) closed the scoring with her first collegiate point, a goal on a screened shot from the left point. Talyor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) was credited with an assist.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) made seven of her 17 saves in the third period. Niagara's Rutledge finished with 37 saves.
The Purple Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 12:54 of the first period when Bourdon stopped Candice Moxley's initial shot from between the circles, but Ashley Riggs scored on the rebound.
New Hampshire and Niagara conclude the two-game series Oct. 16 at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.