WOMEN'S HOCKEY FACES OFF AGAINST PROVIDENCE
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THE MATCHUP

    The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 4 in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 5 in the USCHO.com, is 17-3-3 overall with a 9-1-0 record in Hockey East. UNH enters the weekend tied with Providence College (11-10-3 overall, 8-1-2 Hockey East) for second place in the league standings. These teams face off Jan. 27 in Providence and again Jan. 28 at UNH’s Whittemore Center; both games begin at 2 p.m.
    Sunday’s game will be broadcast live online at Yahoo! and live stats will be available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
    The oldest rivalry in women’s college hockey continues this weekend with New Hampshire and Providence College facing off in a home-and-home series. UNH has a 63-38-10 lifetime record, including last year’s season sweep (4-1, 7-2 at home; 2-1 on the road) vs. the Friars. The Wildcats had not swept a season series against PC since the 1999-2000 season; Providence’s only season sweep occurred in the 1983-84 season.
    The ‘Cats have a 33-7-2 home record vs. the Friars and that includes a 14-1-2 mark at the Whittemore Center. PC has not won at the Whittemore Center since Jan. 11, 1997, and is 0-12-2 in trips to Durham since then.
    UNH head coach Brian McCloskey has an 8-7-1 record against PC.
    The storied history between these programs is highlighted by eight league championship games, including the longest game in college hockey (men’s or women’s) in which UNH prevailed in five overtimes (145:35 total played).

SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
    Hockey East has designated this Saturday, Jan. 27 as “Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer.” All gate admissions from all four women’s Hockey East games on this date will be donated towards breast cancer charities. At Providence, donations will be accepted at the door.
    Both UNH and Providence will be wearing customized jerseys (numbered 1-25 with no names) during team warmups and both teams will sign five jerseys to be raffled off at the end of the game. The raffle will also include a limited number of game-used pink composite sticks that will be signed by the entire team. Special merchandise will also be available at the game.
    The post-game festivities includes a Meet & Greet autograph session with selected student-athletes from both teams.
    Also in conjunction with this event, proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Saturday night’s UNH men’s hockey game will be donated towards breast cancer charities.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 17-3-3 overall record that includes 9-1-0 in Hockey East and 12-1-2 at the Whittemore Center.
    UNH is ranked sixth in the nation in offense (4.09 goals per game), fourth in both defense (1.61 gpg) and penalty kill (.260), and eighth in penalty kill (.888).
    After this weekend, UNH plays seven of its final nine regular-season games on the road. The ‘Cats have a 4-2-1 road record this season that includes 2-1-0 in Hockey East.
    UNH has a 14-0-1 record when taking a 1-0 lead and is 3-3-2 when the opposition scores first.
    New Hampshire has recorded 30+ shots in 11 consecutive games; in that span, the opposition’s highest shot total has been 29 (Dartmouth on Dec. 10).
    Sunday hasn’t been a busy day for the Wildcats this season, but they are undefeated at 3-0-1.

STACKING THEM UP
    Here is a comparison of how UNH and Providence enter the weekend in the national statistics (34 teams):
                           UNH               PC
Off. (gpg)         6 (4.09)        25 (2.46)
Def. (gpg)       4 (1.61)        10 (2.04)
PP (%)            4 (.252)        20 (.148)
PK (%)            8 (.888)          5 (.897)

HOME SWEET HOME
    New Hampshire is unbeaten in its last four home games (3-0-1) and has a 29-1-2 record at the Whittemore Center since the beginning of last season (12-1-1 this season). Since the building opened in November 1995, the Wildcats have compiled a 149-30-15 record for a .807 winning percentage in their home facility.
    UNH’s 32-game home unbeaten streak of 28-0-4 came to an end Nov. 25 with a 2-1 loss to Mercyhurst College. The last visiting team to win at the Whitt had been Dartmouth College (Jan. 5, 2005).
    The Wildcats went 5-1-1 on their seven-game homestand in November and outscored the opposition by a 30-7 margin with two shutouts.

HOCKEY EAST TOURNEY COMES TO DURHAM

    UNH’s Whittemore Center will be the site of the 2007 Women’s Hockey East Championship. The semifinal games will take place March 3 and the championship game is March 4. Game times have been announced as 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the semifinal games, and the title game will begin at 12:30 p.m.
    This will be the first time in the league’s five-year history that the tournament will be held outside of Boston. Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena was the site of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 championships, and Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena was the venue in 2005.
    Tickets for the 2007 Women’s Hockey East Championship Tournament are on sale now and may be purchased in person at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by phone at 1-866-WILDCAT, or on-line via www.unhwildcats.com.
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