The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 2 in both national polls, takes a 14-2-3 overall record, which includes 6-1-0 in Hockey East and 3-1-1 on the road, into the new year. UNH opens the 2007 calendar year January 6 at ninth-ranked University of Connecticut (11-6-1, 7-1-1). This is a matchup of teams currently occupying first and second place in the Hockey East standings.
    UNH has a 19-3-2 lifetime record vs. Connecticut that includes 6-1-1 on the road and a season series sweep of 3-0-0 last year in which the Wildcats outscored the Huskies 14-1.
    In the 2005 season, UNH won the regular-season series 2-1-1 but UConn ousted the ‘Cats from the Hockey East semifinals, 5-4 in overtime.
    In 24 lifetime meetings, New Hampshire has outscored Connecticut by a 111-32 margin with seven shutouts. UConn also has one shutout in this series, and that 0-0 tie February 19, 2005 at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum is one of two scoreless draws in the 803-game history of the UNH women’s ice hockey program. Furthermore, the Wildcats have not been shut out in 62 games since that date.


    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 14-2-3 overall record that includes 3-1-1 on the road and 6-0-1 in Hockey East as well as 3-2-3 vs. nationally-ranked teams. UNH ended the 2006 calendar year with a three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) in which the ‘Cats skated to consecutive 3-3 ties against #4 Harvard and #6 Dartmouth. [rankings at time of game]
    The back-to-back 3-3 ties against those nationally-ranked ECAC teams marked the first time this season that UNH surrendered more than one goal in consecutive games.
    The Wildcats have been idle since skating to a 3-3 tie vs. Dartmouth at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 10.   
    Ten of the Wildcats’ last 15 regular-season games are on the road. Fourteen of the last 15 games are Hockey East league games; the only non-league game the rest of the way is Jan. 20 at Dartmouth.
    UNH has recorded the shot advantage in 18 of 19 games this season and has 30+ shots in 16 of 19 games.
    Jennifer Hitchcock has scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games, which is the longest such streak by a Wildcat this season; she has a power-play tally in each of the last four games.

    More often than not, it’s been a Happy New Year for the UNH Wildcats. In first games of a new calendar year, New Hampshire has compiled a 25-2-2 record with a 10-2-0 mark on the road and a 6-0-0 ledger in conference games (none since Hockey East opened play in the 2002-03 season).
    Saturday will be UNH’s first “New Year” game against UConn. The Wildcats are 13-0-1 at home and 2-0-1 at neutral sites in first games of a new calendar year.

    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.

    Here is a comparison of how UNH and UConn entered the week in the national statistics (34 teams):
                            UNH        UConn
Off. (gpg)      4 (4.00)        21 (2.61)
Def. (gpg)     4 (1.58)       12 (2.17)
PP (%)          3 (.269)          9 (.216)
PK (%)          7 (.888)        17 (.848)

    UNH is the winningest women’s college hockey program in the United States. The Wildcats became the first to reach 500 victories and they are on the verge of No. 600. Now in their 30th year as a varsity sport at New Hampshire, the ‘Cats enter the weekend with an overall record of 597-155-51 for a .775 winning percentage. Here is a timeline for each century mark:
Mark          Date          Opponent          Result    Game #        Record
1st win    12/03/77     Colby                     8-4            1                    1-0-0
100         02/02/83      at Dartmouth        7-1        103               100-1-2
200         01/15/89      St. Lawrence        5-2        227            200-20-7
300         11/27/94      vs. Providence     5-2        371          300-55-16
400         11/21/98      at Yale                   9-2        506          400-80-26
500         02/02/03      Providence           4-1        668        500-131-37
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