Hitchcock leads offense with three goals, assist
DURHAM, N.H.-- Freshman forward Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) recorded a career-high four points with her first collegiate hat trick and an assist to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Wednesday night's 8-0 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 7-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in Hockey East while NU fell to 1-3-0, 0-1-0.
UNH sophomore goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) registered her first career shutout with 14 saves, including five in each of the first two periods.
In addition to Hitchcock, Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.; two goals, assist) and Chantal Gauvin (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec; three assists) both recorded three points, while Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) finished with two goals and Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) had two assists to give the 'Cats five multiple-point scorers. The three points marked a career best for Wedster and Gauvin's assists were the first points of her career.
Northeastern goaltender Marisa Hourihan was credited with 53 saves, as she stopped 18 shots in the first period, 16 in the middle stanza and 19 in the final frame.
Hitchcock gave UNH a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:51 and another tally at 10:09 of the opening period. Hansen scored 2:09 later to increase the advantage to 3-0.
The Wildcats led by that three-goal margin at the first intermission and netted three more goals in the second period. Wedster opened the scoring in the middle stanza at 3:53, then Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) and Hansen scored power-play goals at 7:37 and 14:04, respectively, to increase the lead to 6-0.
Hitchcock completed her hat trick with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 11:30 of the third period. Wedster capped the scoring with 1:00 remaining in the game.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 12-13 for a two-game series at St. Lawrence University. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 20 against Northeastern. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.