BOSTON– Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) scored her 50th career goal and added an assist to lead the No. 1-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 Hockey East victory against NortheasternUniversity at Matthews Arena.
UNH, winners of 19 straight games in the series vs. Northeastern, won its sixth consecutive game to improve to 15-2-0 overall and 9-0-0 in Hockey East. NU, a 2-1 victor against the University of Vermont on Saturday night, is now 3-10-1, 2-3-0.
UNH goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) made a career-high 24 saves, including 11 in the second period, to record her third career shutout. NU goalie Leah Sulyma made double digits in saves every period (13-11-19) for a total of 43.
The Wildcats struck early, then scored goals 76 seconds apart late in the stanza to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario), unmarked at the right post, converted Micaela Long’s (South Boston, Mass.) pass from the slot into a goal at . Faber also assisted on the tally.
Faber then netted her 50th career goal to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead at . With UNH cycling the puck effectively, Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.) moved the puck from the left point across the blue line to Maggie Joyce (Hudson, Ohio), whose shot from the right point was tipped into the net by Faber.
Julia Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland) netted her second goal of the season at to give UNH a 3-0 lead when her shot from the right point sailed inside the far post. Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland), with the pass back to the point, was credited with an assist.
New Hampshire opened strong in the second period and on the opening shift Martine Garland’s (Toronto, Ontario) shot from the high slot ricocheted off the right post. In the seventh minute, Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) was denied on a one-timer from the left circle, then Stefanie Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland) fired a shot that caromed off the left post.
Herman made one her more challenging saves of the game in the closing minute of the second period when the Huskies generated a 2-on-1 rush and Chelsey Jones fired a shot from the left doorstep.
Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) extended UNH’s advantage to 4-0 at of the third period. Along the right dashers, Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) won possession of the puck to Steph Holmes (Rye, N.Y.) in the circle. Holmes then found Birchard in the slot and she snapped a wrist shot into the upper-left corner.
Herman was strongly tested midway through the frame when she stopped Missy Elumba’s initial shot and Kristi Kehoe’s shot from the slot off the rebound. Herman preserved her shutout when she turned aside Kehoe in an odd-man rush with three minutes remaining.
Faber became the 31st UNH Wildcat to record 50+ career goals and 50+ career assists. She now has 50 goals and 72 assists for 122 points in 87 career games.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 7-8 for a two-game series at MercyhurstCollege. The Wildcats conclude the 2007 calendar year Dec. 14 () at home against HarvardUniversity. Tickets are available online at unhwildcats.com and videostreaming will be available at UNHwildcats.tv.