MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), a sophomore defenseman on the No. 2-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was honored as USCHO Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
    Bellamy scored a career-high two goals, both on the power play, to propel UNH to a 5-0 victory against Niagara University in last Friday’s season opener for both teams. The following night, Bellamy set up Sam Faber’s overtime game-winning goal to give the Wildcats a 4-3 win and a two-game sweep of the Purple Eagles.
    Bellamy netted her power-play goals in a span of 4:05 in the third period – at 3:12 and 7:17 – to help extend UNH’s two-goal lead to 5-0. In addition to assisting on Faber’s game-winning tally, Bellamy recorded a plus/minus rating of +2 in Saturday’s game.
    Bellamy, a 2006 USCHO All-Rookie Team selection, ranked No. 13 in the nation last season in defensemen scoring at 0.65 points per game. She led all UNH defensemen in goals with eight and also recorded 16 assists to rank second among blueliners with 24 points.
    New Hampshire (2-0-0) returns to action this weekend at the University of Minnesota. The Wildcats play Bemidji State on Oct. 6 (5 p.m. Eastern) and Minnesota on Oct. 7 (8 p.m. Eastern). The next UNH home game is Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) vs. Brown.
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