ORONO, Maine – Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) recorded her 100th career point with the last of her career-high five assists to propel the No. 2 University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team to Saturday night’s 9-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at Alfond Arena.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) to improve to 22-3-1 overall and 12-0-1 in Hockey East. Maine, winless in the last 21 games (0-18-3) and 1-26-3 overall vs. the Wildcats, is now 2-20-3 overall this season with a 1-8-3 mark in the league.
Including Garland, six Wildcats recorded multiple points. Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) and Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) both finished with two goals and an assist while both Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) tallied a goal and two assists. Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) also had two assists.
UNH’s single-goal scorers were Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) and Stefanie Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland), who tallied her first career goal when she capped the scoring at 17:23 of the third period.
Wildcat goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) tallied 16 saves while UM counterpart Genevieve Turgeon made double-digit saves all three periods (15-12-10) to finish with 37.
Garland tallied assists on UNH’s first, third, fourth, sixth and ninth goals to become the 39th Wildcat – fifth defenseman – to reach the 100-point milestone. The senior captain now has 19 goals and 81 assists in 132 career games.
Maine took a 1-0 first-period lead at 10:10 when Abby Barton scored off a rebound from a scrum in front of the net after Herman had stopped initial shots by Taryn Peacock and Pam Patterson.
UNH rallied late in the opening stanza with power-play goals 56 seconds apart -- at 18:52 and 19:48 -- to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Craig tied the score, 1-1, when she collected Garland’s deflected pass high in the left circle and wristed a shot into the net; Wright-Ward was also credited with an assist.
Faber gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead when she scored off a rebound in front of the net, and it marked her national-leading 10th game-winning goal of the season. Wakefield fired a hard pass from the left circle into the slot, where Steph Holmes (Rye, N.Y.) one-timed a shot into Turgeon.
Craig netted her second goal of the night at 9:50 of the second period to extend UNH’s advantage to 3-1. In a 2-on-1 breakaway, Wright-Ward carried the puck down the slot and maneuvered to the right to draw both the defender and goalie, then executed a drop pass and Craig shot the puck into the open net. Garland, with the outlet pass, was also credited with an assist.
Wakefield struck just 59 seconds later – at 10:49 -- to push the lead to 4-1. Wakefield gained possession in the neutral zone along the right boards, maneuvered around a defender in the circle, moved across the slot unmarked and lifted a backhanded shot under the crossbar. Faber, with the outlet pass, and Garland set up the goal.
Maine gained a two-skater advantage for a potential two minutes at 11:52, but the Black Bears did not get a shot on goal before being whistled for too many skaters on the ice at 12:27. A string of penalties resulted in the Black Bears gaining another two-skater advantage for 1:25.
The Wildcats pulled away with five third-period goals. Hitchcock scored at 2:15 from the right doorstep off a rebound from Bellamy’s shot to give UNH a 5-1 advantage.
Herman then made three consecutive solid saves when she denied Patterson’s initial shot from the slot with a leg-pad save, then scurried to deny Danielle Cyr and Barton.
Long scored a power-play goal – the ‘Cats went 3-for-6 on the power play – at 10:23, then Wakefield and Wright-Ward scored 12 seconds apart at 11:44 and 11:56, respectively, to quickly put UNH ahead 8-1.
New Hampshire and Maine conclude the two-game weekend series Feb. 3 (2 p.m.) at Alfond Arena. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) against the University of Vermont as part of Hockey East’s “Skating Strides Against Cancer” weekend.