DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) potted a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal at 4:40 of the second period, to lift the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 win against Hockey East foe Boston University at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats, who tallied a 38-9 shot advantage, improve to 3-1-0 overall and capture their first Hockey East win of the year moving to 1-0-0 in league play. BU is now 0-4-1 overall, 0-1-0 in Hockey East.
UNH controlled play throughout the first period, but could not break through until Wakefield netted a goal from the right slot in the final minute of the stanza to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead. The goal was set up by junior forward Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), who joined the Century Club registering 100 points in her career at UNH. She becomes the 38th player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau and joins teammates Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) and Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) on this prestigous list.
Wakefield and Faber teammed up again on the eventual game-winner at 4:40 in the second period. Linemate Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) was also credited with an assist on the goal that was scored from the right side of the net.
The Terriers cut the lead in half as sophomore defender Sarah Appleton fired a shot on net from the right slot and got her own rebound and slid it past freshman netminder Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) at 9:11 to make it 2-1.
The Wildcats secured the win as Wakefield and Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) found themselves 2-0 in front of a Terrier open net. Wakefield made a center pass to Craig, who fired home the empty-net goal at 19:26.??Herman made eight saves and improves to a perfect 3-0-0 on the season, while Allyse Wilcox turned away 35 Wildcat shots and falls to 0-1-1.
UNH went 0-for-2 on the power play despite strong puck control.
The Wildcats improve to 13-0-0 lifetime against BU, including a 7-0-0 mark since the Terriers began sponsoring women's ice hockey as a varsity sport in the 2006 season.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) as it travels to Hockey East foe Boston College. The Wildcats return home Oct. 28 (4 p.m.) against Hockey East foe Maine. Tickets for the game are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 866-WILDCAT. Fans will also be able to watch the game online at UNHwildcats.tv.