Kacey Bellamy scores two power-play goals

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored two goals and Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) recorded three assists to propel the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 non-conference victory against Colgate University at Starr Rink.

UNH, on the strength of four power-play goals, remained perfect this season at 7-0-0 with its 21st consecutive regular-season victory, which extended the Wildcats’ regular-season unbeaten streak to 33 games (32-0-1). Colgate, now 0-3-0 in three meetings vs. the Wildcats, is 0-4-1 overall this season.

Bellamy, who matched her personal best of two goals set twice earlier this season, gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead with a tally at 9:45 when her wrist shot from the high slot sailed through traffic into the net. Paton, with career highs in both assists (three) and points (three), and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) were credited with assists.

Bellamy struck again at 18:00 of the opening stanza. On a faceoff in the Colgate zone, Paton drew the puck back to Bellamy, whose shot from the point found the upper corner of the net.

Colgate’s Katie Stewart, with the assistance of Ashley Bradford and Sam Hunt, pulled the home team within 2-1 at 2:26 of the second period. The tally ended UNH’s shutout streak at 146 minutes, 53 seconds.

UNH reestablished a two-goal lead, 3-1, later in the stanza on a goal by Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) at 16:53. Paton, who carried the puck into the right circle and made a centering pass to Clement, and Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) were credited with assists.

Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) closed the scoring at 16:56 of the third period when she redirected a Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) slap shot. Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) also set up the tally to extend her point-scoring streak to seven games.

Lucy Schoedel (Ithaca, N.Y.) recorded 10 of her 21 saves in the first period. CU counterpart Brook Wheeler stopped 26 shots.

UNH returns to action next weekend for a pair of home league games. The Wildcats play host to Boston College on Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) and Boston University on Oct. 29 (2 p.m.).