The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which remained No. 1 in the national polls for a third consecutive week, has a 19-3-0 overall record that includes a 10-0-0 mark in Hockey East. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 17 (7 p.m.) at No. 10/9 Dartmouth College and play host to longtime rival Providence College on Jan. 19 (2 p.m.). Thursday’s game at Dartmouth will be broadcast live on UNH Sports Network.

UNH has a 29-12-4 lifetime record against intrastate rival Dartmouth. The Wildcats have a 13-9-1 road record vs. the Big Green, but DC is 7-1-0 in its last eight home games; the only UNH win in that eight-game stretch was Jan. 1, 2007. Under the direction of head coach Brian McCloskey, the ‘Cats have a 2-6-1 overall mark vs. the Big Green.

One of the oldest rivalries in women’s college hockey resumes Saturday when New Hampshire faces off against Providence College. UNH holds a 66-38-11 lifetime record against PC and that includes a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) vs. the Friars. Since the inception of Hockey East (2003 season), UNH holds an 11-7-2 edge with a 7-0-2 home record. The Wildcats have an overall home record of 34-7-6 that includes 15-1-3 at the Whittemore Center. The Friars have not defeated the ‘Cats in Durham since Jan. 11, 1997 (0-12-2 since then).

These teams have met in the league tournament championship game four times in the five-year history of Hockey East; PC won the initial three meetings but the Wildcats were 3-1 victors here at the Whittemore Center last season. These teams faced off in the longest collegiate hockey game (men’s or women’s) on March 10, 1996, when the ‘Cats prevailed 3-2 in the fifth overtime of the ECAC championship game.

    New Hampshire enters the week with a 19-3-0 overall record (8-2-0 on the road and 11-1-0 at home). UNH’s 10-0-0 start in Hockey East is the team’s best in the six-year history of the league. The Wildcats opened with nine-game unbeaten streaks in 2003 (9-0-0) and 2004 (8-0-1); Providence is the team that ended both of those streaks. Including last year’s league tournament, the Wildcats are 27-0-2 in the last 29 games vs. Hockey East teams.

On Jan. 10 at Northeastern, the ‘Cats scored two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 1, 2003, when current assistant coach Stephanie Jones and Allison Edgar struck at North Dakota.

Also in last Thursday’s game at NU, UNH held an opponent shotless for an entire period for the second time this season and held the opposition to single-digit shots for the fourth time this season. The Huskies did not record a shot in the first period and were limited to eight overall.

UNH has scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games (nine total PPG) and the Wildcats have scored four shorthanded goals in the last four games.

    UNH head coach Brian McCloskey recorded his 150th career victory Jan. 5 at Brown. Jennifer Hitchcock recorded her 150th career point in that game with the second of her two points.

Kayley Herman’s feat of an assist and shutout in the same game – which she accomplished Jan. 10 at Northeastern – had not been done by a UNH goalie since Jen Huggon on Nov. 16, 2001 (vs. Wisconsin).

With 11 shots, Jenn Wakefield outshot the entire Northeastern University team (eight) in last Thursday’s 6-0 win at NU. The 11 shots is a high for any UNH Wildcat this season and equals her total from Dec. 2 –also at Northeastern.

Sadie Wright-Ward scored two goals in consecutive games against Brown and Northeastern and in three of four. She has scored a goal in seven of the last nine games with a total of 10 tallies in that span.

    UNH’s 8-2-0 overall road record includes 2-1-0 vs. the ECAC with a split vs. St. Lawrence and a win at Brown.

Sadie Wright-Ward (11g, 2a) leads the team with 13 points in 10 games and is followed by Kelly Paton (4g, 8a) and Leah Craig (1-11-12). Jenn Wakefield has compiled 11 points (8-3) in eight games and Sam Faber has 11 points (6-5) in 10 games.

Kayley Herman has started nine road games and has compiled an 8-1-0 record with a 1.23 GAA, .933 save percentage and three shutouts. Lucy Schoedel is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .875 save percentage.

    New Hampshire opened the 2008 season with three consecutive games against ECAC representatives and went 2-1-0 in those games; the ‘Cats have also lost to Princeton and defeated both Harvard and Brown for a 4-2-0 mark vs. that conference. The Wildcats opened with a two-game road series at St. Lawrence University and returned home with a split, then defeated Colgate University at home.

Thursday’s tilt at Dartmouth is the last non-conference game of the regular season for the Wildcats, who close out 2008 with 11 straight Hockey East games.

    Sam Faber, who led the 2007 ‘Cats in assists and points, currently leads the team in goals (15), game-winning goals (eight), points (31) and plus/minus (+25) as well as multiple-point games (11); she is also second in assists (16) and shooting percentage (.214). Faber has recorded a point in nine of the last 10 games with five multiple-point efforts and totals of seven goals and seven assists.

Faber’s eight-game point-scoring streak came to an end Jan. 5 at Brown; she had four multiple-point performances with totals of six goals and six assists for 12 points in the eight games.

Overall, Faber has a point in 17 of the team’s initial 22 games and is one of  four Wildcats who has recorded double digits in both goals and assists. She has amassed 15 points (8g, 7a) in 10 games against nationally-ranked teams.

In December, Faber tallied four goals and three assists for a total of seven points in five games. She recorded 3-1-4 in three games against nationally-ranked teams as well as 1-2-3 in two Hockey East games. Faber scored one game-winning goal and assisted on two others as she recorded a point in every game to extend her point-scoring streak to eight. Her highlights included a two-goal game against then-No. 1 Harvard in which she scored the (shorthanded) game-winning goal. Faber led UNH in goals, points, plus/minus (+6) and shots (24) in the month of December.

Faber tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points in nine November games; she netted three game-winning goals and a +10 plus/minus rating. Faber recorded nine points on four goals (two game-winners) and five assists in four Hockey East games as well as seven points (3-4-7) in four games against nationally-ranked teams. Faber had four multiple-point games, including a career-high five points against nationally-ranked UConn in which she tied her career high of two goals. The 14 points marked a team high in November; she tied for the team lead in goals and tied for second in assists, and was second in plus/minus.

She compiled eight points on four goals and four assists in six October games; she also had a plus/minus rating of +8 and scored the game-winning goal against Colgate, Boston College and Maine. Faber tallied 2-4-6 in three Hockey East games as well as 2-1-3 in three games vs. nationally-ranked teams.

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