DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored two power-play goals and freshman goaltender Lucy Schoedel (Ithaca, N.Y.) recorded 20 saves in her collegiate debut to lead the No. 2-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Friday’s 7-0 victory against Bemidji State University in the opening game of the Easton Shootout at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.
UNH improved to 3-0-0 with its second shutout of the season, and the Wildcats extended their regular-season unbeaten streak to 29 games at 28-0-1, including 17 consecutive victories, dating back to Nov. 5, 2005. It was the season opener for Bemidji State.
In addition to Bellamy, both Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) recorded two points with a goal and an assist and Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) finished with two points, both on assists. Schoedel recorded 10 of her 20 saves in the third period to earn the shutout.
BSU goalie Emily Brookshaw was credited with 33 saves.
The Wildcats broke the game open in the first period on goals 30 seconds apart by Bellamy (at 8:09) and Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta). Bellamy, with the assistance of Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.), opened the scoring with her third power-play tally of the season. Palazeti’s first goal of the year gave the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead. Caleo and Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) were credited with assists on the play.
New Hampshire struck twice early in the second period to extend the difference to 4-0. Faber’s unassisted goal put the Wildcats ahead 3-0 just 13 seconds after the stanza’s opening faceoff, then Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario), with the assistance of Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.), gave the designated visitors a four-goal lead at 3:40.
Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), who led the nation in scoring last season, helped extend the lead to 5-0 by setting up a goal by Steph Holmes (Rye, N.Y.) at 2:28 of the third period. Bellamy’s second goal of the night put the ‘Cats ahead 6-0 at 9:33; assists went to Faber and Garland. Caleo’s unassisted tally with 27 seconds remaining closed the scoring.
UNH went 2-for-5 on the power play and generated a 40-20 shot advantage, including 20-5 in the middle stanza. The Wildcats were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
New Hampshire plays host Minnesota in Saturday’s final game of the Easton Shootout, which is a rematch of the 2006 Frozen Four semifinal game. The next Wildcats’ home game is Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) vs. Brown.