DURHAM, N.H. – Senior assistant captain Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) and sophomore Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontairo) both recorded four points to propel the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Friday night’s 7-0 exhibition victory against the Brampton Jr. Thunder at the Whittemore Center.
Taylor recorded two goals and two assists while Wakefield, who led last year’s team in goals, finished with one goal and three assists. Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), another senior assistant captain, junior Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) and Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) – another sophomore – each finished with one goal and two assists for the Wildcats. Junior Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) accounted for UNH’s other points with one goal and one assist.
Sophomore goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan), who broke the school’s single-season records in both wins and goals-against-average, and freshman Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) combined for the shutout. Herman played the initial two periods and stopped six shots, then Minton recorded five saves in the final frame.
Brampton goalie Andrea Weckman made double-digit saves all three periods (14-14-13) to finish with 41 overall.
UNH went 2-for-8 on the power play, including 2 of 5 in the second stanza. The Wildcats were a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, and that included a stretch of 3:33 in which the visitors had a two-skater advantage midway through the first period.
New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission with an early goal and a late goal. Faber, who led the 2008 Wildcats in both assists and points, quickly gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead with a shot from the slot into the upper-right corner 39 seconds into the game; Taylor, with the pass from behind the net, and Wakefield were credited with assists.
Long extended the advantage to 2-0 with 25 seconds remaining in the opening stanza when she flicked the puck in from the right post. Paton’s pass from behind the net set up the tally.
Taylor netted power-play goals at 1:20 and 8:23 to give UNH a 4-0 lead. She scored both goals on shots from the slot, and Birchard received the primary assist on both goals.
Paton extended the cushion to 5-0 at 9:55 when the ‘Cats executed a tic-tac-toe play in which Long centered the puck from the left circle to Faber, who in turn made a quick return pass to the left side from where Paton redirected the puck into the open left side of the net.
Two quick strikes early in the third pushed the lead to seven goals. Birchard scored 17 seconds after the opening faceoff when, from the slot, she redirected Wakefield’s centering pass from the right circle. Wakefield, with the assistance of Paton and Taylor, closed the scoring at 1:00.
New Hampshire opens the regular season Oct. 8 at home against Hockey East rival Boston College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The current special offer of a $30 season ticket runs until Oct. 1 and can be purchased at the Box Office or online by clicking here.