WOMEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS HOST TO ST. LAWRENCE IN NCAA REGIONAL
INDIANAPOLIS --  The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, winners of the 2007 Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles, will play host to fifth-ranked St. Lawrence University in a Regional Game of the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship on March 10. Game time at UNH’s Whittemore Center is 1 p.m.

UNH, which is competing in the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year, defeated Providence College, 3-1, in Sunday’s Hockey East Championship title game to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tourney. The Wildcats enter the NCAAs with a 28-3-5 overall record that includes an 18-1-2 mark in Hockey East.

SLU enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 28-7-3 (17-4-1 ECAC) following a 7-3 loss to Dartmouth College in Sunday’s league title game.

New Hampshire has a 24-8-3 lifetime record, including 1-0-1 this season, vs. the Saints. Back in November at the Whittemore Center, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie and UNH prevailed 4-0. In postseason play, UNH has a 2-1 record vs. SLU with all previous meetings in ECAC tournament play. Most recently, the Saints were 1-0 victors in the 2001 quarterfinals. The Wildcats won 5-1 in the ’95 semifinals and ousted St. Lawrence from the ’93 quarterfinals with a 6-1 home win (at Snively Arena).

UNH has a 1-1 lifetime record in the NCAA tournament. The ‘Cats recorded a 3-1 win in a 2006 regional game vs. Harvard University at the Whittemore Center, then lost 5-4 to host University of Minnesota in the semifinals. New Hampshire won the 1998 American Women’s College Hockey Alliance (AWCHA) national championship prior to NCAA sponsorship.

In UNH’s half of the bracket, top-seeded Wisconsin will play host to Harvard University. In the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Mercyhurst College will entertain University of Minnesota-Duluth and third-seeded Dartmouth College will play host to Boston College.

The regional winners will advance to the Frozen Four, which will be played March 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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