Hansen paces 'Cat attack with goal, four assists
DURHAM, N.H. -- Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) recorded five points with a goal and four assists to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 7-1 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 8-1-1 overall and 4-0-0 in Hockey East with its 10th consecutive win in the series vs. the Huskies. NU is now 2-7-1, 1-2-0.
Hansen, who has seven assists in the past two games, matched her career highs in both assists and points. Linemate Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) established career highs in both assists and points by recording three points, all on assists. Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) centered those wingers and equaled her personal best of two goals. Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was the other Wildcat to record a multiple-point game with two goals and an assist.
UNH goaltender Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) recorded five of her 11 saves in the third period. NU goalie Marisa Hourihan recorded double digits in saves all three periods with 11, 13 and 14 to finish with 38.
Palazeti, with the assistance of Craig and Hansen, gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead with a goal at 3:13. The Huskies pulled even, 1-1, on an unassisted tally by Melissa Wigmore at 7:18.
New Hampshire netted three more goals before the end of the period, however, to build a 4-1 lead. Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish, 2-1, just 1:19 after NU had tied the score. Hekle and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) were credited with assists. Hekle netted consecutive 4-on-3 power-play goals at 16:08 and 16:57 to increase the advantage to 4-1.
Hansen's goal, which was set up by Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia) on the power play, was the only goal of the middle stanza and gave the 'Cats a 5-1 lead at 15:04.
Northeastern began the third period with a five-minute power play but was unable to sustain offensive pressure. Palazeti struck less than a minute later, at 5:55, and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) closed the scoring at 15:55. Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) was credited with an assist on the final goal of the night.
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend as the Wildcats play host to the 2004 UNH Thanksgiving Tournament presented by Ocean National Bank. The tourney opens Nov. 27 with Dartmouth College facing off against Mercyhurst College at 1 p.m. and UNH vs. Minnesota State follows at four o'clock. The 'Cats play Mercyhurst in second-day action Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. and that game is preceded by Dartmouth vs. Minnesota State (1 p.m.).