No. 2 UNH women's hockey surges past Dartmouth, 3-1

Wright-Ward, Faber record two points apiece

Sadie Wright-Ward

DURHAM, N.H. - Both Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) recorded points on both of the Wildcats' third-period goals to propel the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 3-1 non-conference victory against Dartmouth College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1) -- and its home unbeaten streak to 15 games (12-0-3) -- to improve to 18-2-1 overall this season. Dartmouth, which lost 4-1 at home to the 'Cats on Jan. 1, is now 6-8-2.

With the score tied 1-1 at the start of the third period, UNH netted a power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead at 10:27. Faber started the play with a pass from the left corner out to Wright-Ward at the top of the left circle. Wright-Ward held the puck and made a crossing pass to Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), who was alone at the right post and settled the pass before sweeping the puck into the open right side.

Wright-Ward netted her team-leading 15th goal of the season at 17:08 to extend the advantage to 3-1. Standing at the right post, Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) passed the puck across the crease and Wright-Ward tucked the puck inside the open left post. Faber was also credited with an assist.

UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded 14 saves while DC counterpart Carli Clemis stopped 34 shots, including 13 in the first period and 16 in the third.

New Hampshire controlled play from the opening faceoff in the first period by cycling the puck in the offensive zone and generating six shots in the opening four minutes. The Wildcats' dominance finally produced a Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) goal at 10:29. Faber initiated the sequence with a pass from behind the net to Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) in the right circle. She pushed the puck back to Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.), who sent a pass along the blue line to Bellamy for a shot from the left point. UNH held a 13-0 shot advantage at that point.

Dartmouth settled in the latter stages of the period and produced some dangerous scoring chances in the middle stanza before tying the score, 1-1, at 14:03 when Alex Zagaria redirected Emily Nerland's shot from the right point. Nicole Ruta was also credited with an assist.

Both Wright-Ward and Hitchcock extended their point-scoring streak to nine games. Clement has now scored a goal in six of the last seven games with a total of eight tallies in that span.

New Hampshire resumes its four-game homestand Jan 22 vs. the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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