The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which has a 9-2-0 overall record with a 7-0-0 mark in Hockey East, is tied for second in the USCHO.com poll and is third in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Wildcats continue their eight-game homestand November 17-18 against top-ranked University of Wisconsin (9-2-1 overall, 5-2-1 WCHA). Saturday’s game begins at 5 p.m. and the teams face off again Sunday at 3 p.m; the second game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Network and video for both games will be available at UNHwildcats.tv.

UNH has a 4-0-1 lifetime record against Wisconsin. The last time these teams played was November 2005 at the Dartmouth Classic during Thanksgiving weekend; at the time, UNH was ranked No. 4 and UW was No. 1 (it is the most recent time UNH has played the No.-1 ranked team). Prior to that game, these programs had not faced off since January 2003, when the Wildcats skated to a 2-0 win and a 1-1 tie in Madison (Wis.). In their only other trip to Durham (November 16-17, 2001), the Badgers left the Whittemore center with 3-0 and 2-0 losses.

In the most recent meeting, UNH took a 1-0 lead late in the first period and extended that advantage to two goals early in the second stanza. UW struck early in the final frame to pull within 2-1. The Wildcats recorded a 23-16 shot advantage and went 1-for-3 on the power play as well as 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

    Junior forward Sam Faber was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. Faber recorded three goals, including one game-winning tally, and four assists for seven points in three games last week. Faber finished with a career-high five points against eighth-ranked UConn by matching her personal best of three assists and scoring two goals. Last Wednesday against 10th-ranked BC, Faber tallied the game-winning goal as well as an assist.

UNH has won a total of six Hockey East awards this season, including back-to-back TPS Hockey Player of the Week awards; Sadie Wright-Ward was last week’s recipient.

    UNH athletics and Pack Network have partnered together to spawn the creation of UNHwildcats.tv. Women’s ice hockey is part of the “Wildcat All-Access Pass,” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of various UNH home athletic events, but also premium content and archives. Individual games are also available at $6.95 per game. Commentary will be provided by Nate Bridges and/or Rob Dally. (In addition to women’s hockey, other sports included in the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” are men’s hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.)

    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 9-2-0 overall record that includes 7-0-0 in Hockey East, 5-1-0 at home and 4-1-0 vs. nationally-ranked teams. The Wildcats have not faced a WCHA team since defeating Minnesota in October 2006.

In the last 25 games vs. Hockey East teams – including the 2007 Hockey East Championship tournament – the Wildcats have a 23-0-2 record.

During the team’s recent eight-game winning streak, UNH outscored the opposition 34-6 with three wins by shutout.

UNH has not played overtime yet this season; one year ago, the Wildcats went into OT seven times.

The team’s stretch of 33 consecutive penalty kills without allowing a goal ended last week vs. 10th-ranked Boston College.

UNH has won all nine games in which it has taken a 1-0 lead and lost both games in which it surrendered the game’s first goal.

Last Sunday’s game vs. Princeton marked the first time this season that UNH trailed at the first intermission and the fifth time that the ‘Cats were held scoreless in the first period.

    Five Wildcats enter the weekend averaging more than one point per game. Sam Faber leads the quintet at 1.55 ppg and that number is No. 13 in the nation; Faber is also 11th nationally in goals per game and No. 1 in game-winning goals (five).

Kelly Paton extended her point-scoring streak to seven games last week; the last four games of that stretch were all multiple-point efforts; she tallied 3-10-13 in the seven games. Paton enters the weekend ranked 10th nationally in assists per game and 23rd in points per game.

Leah Craig, Jennifer Hitchcock and Kayley Herman are also among the national leaders. Craig ranks 18th in assists, Hitchcock leads the nation in power-play goals and Herman checks in a No. 4 in goals-against-average as well as No. 17 in save percentage.

Martine Garland and Jenn Wakefield returned from the Four Nations Cup with a gold medal as representatives of the Canadian National Team. Kacey Bellamy earned a silver medal as a member of the U.S. team.

With Garland and Bellamy away, Maggie Joyce logged even more ice time and contributed offensively. She recorded her first point of the season by scoring the game-winning goal vs. UConn and then tallied an assist vs. Princeton.

Wakefield has the team's longest active point-scoring streak; she recorded a point in four consecutive games before leaving to participate in the Four Nations Cup.
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