The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, currently ranked No. 2 in both national polls, has a 21-3-1 overall record that includes a 11-0-1 mark in Hockey East. The Wildcats travel to play the University of Maine (2-19-3, 1-7-3) for two games this weekend. The series opens Feb. 2 (7 p.m.) and concludes Feb. 3 (2 p.m.).

UNH has a 25-1-3 lifetime record, including 1-0-0 this season and 10-0-2 overall on the road, against Maine. In this year’s 5-0 victory at the Whittemore Center (Oct. 28), Sam Faber scored 12 seconds after the opening faceoff and the Wildcats netted three goals in the opening 2:49 of the game. Jennifer Hitchcock netted power-play goals in the second and third periods to close the scoring. Leah Craig (three assists) and Sadie Wright-Ward (two assists), as well as Faber (goal, assist) also finished with multiple-points. UNH recorded a season-high 49 shots and held Maine to seven (season low by a Wildcat opponent). Lucy Schoedel recorded her third career shutout with seven saves while UM counterpart Genevieve Turgeon stopped 44 shots, including 18 in the first period and 17 in the third.

The Wildcats have won six straight in the series and are unbeaten in the last 20 meetings (17-0-3) against the Black Bears – the streak coincides with the start of head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure (2003 season). UNH has won by shutout 10 times in the last 20 meetings and that includes four shutouts during the current six-game winning streak. With a weekend sweep in Orono, the ‘Cats would match the longest win streak in the series.

    UNH freshman forward Jenn Wakefield was named Mission Rookie of the Week by Hockey East for the fourth time this season on Monday. Wakefield matched her career highs in goals (two), assists (two) and points (four) to lead UNH to an 8-2 victory against Northeastern University on Jan. 26. Her first goal gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead and sparked a four-goal first period. Wakefield assisted on UNH’s fourth tally, then struck again in the middle stanza and tallied another assist in the final frame. Wakefield also received this award consecutive weeks in October (22 & 29) as well as Nov. 26.


    New Hampshire enters the weekend series at Maine with a 21-3-1 overall record (11-0-1 Hockey East and 9-2-0 on the road). UNH’s current seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) is the team’s third unbeaten streak of at least six games this season; the ‘Cats recorded previous streaks of eight games (8-0-0) and six games (6-0-0).
    The ‘Cats have won 20+ games all six years under the guidance of head coach Brian McCloskey. Three of the top four seasons in terms of wins – including No. 1 (33 wins) in 2006 – have come in McCloskey’s tenure. Last year’s 28-win total ranks third and the 27-win season of ‘03 is fourth.
     UNH’s penalty kill has not surrendered a goal in the Wildcats’ last 37 shorthanded situations -- the team's longest streak of the season. The ‘Cats are a perfect 30-for-30 in the last six games.
    UNH’s 11-0-1 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 28-0-3 in the last 31 games vs. Hockey East teams.


    Sam Faber, who led the 2007 ‘Cats in assists and points, currently leads this year’s team in goals (18), game-winning goals (nine), shorthanded goals (two), points (37) and plus/minus (+31) as well as multiple-point games (13); she is also second in assists (19) and shooting percentage (.217). Faber has recorded a point in 11 of the last 13 games with seven multiple-point efforts and totals of 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Faber became the first player in league history to win back-to-back Player of the Month awards by receiving the honor in both November and December.

    UNH has compiled a 9-2-0 road record that includes 5-0-0 in Hockey East and 4-2-0 against nationally-ranked teams. The ‘Cats have won four consecutive road games.
    Sadie Wright-Ward (11g, 3a) leads the team with 14 points in 11 games and is followed by Sam Faber (8g, 5a), Kelly Paton (4g, 9a) and Leah Craig (1g, 12a). Jenn Wakefield has compiled 12 points (8-4) in nine games and Jennifer Hitchcock is also at double digits (5-5-10) in 11 games.
    Kayley Herman has started 10 road games and has compiled a 9-1-0 record with a 1.20 GAA, .936 save percentage and three shutouts. Lucy Schoedel is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .875 save percentage.

    New Hampshire roared past Northeastern University with an 8-2 victory at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 26. Each skater on the Micaela Long – Sam Faber – Jenn Wakefield line recorded four points while both Jennifer Hitchcock (2g, 1a) and Sadie Wright-Ward (3a) tallied three points. Long finished with a personal best in points by tying her previous high in both goals (two) and assists (two). Wakefield also finished with two goals and two assists while Faber finished with one goal and three assists. Kayley Herman made six of her eight saves in the second period; NU starter Leah Sulyma stopped 16 of 20 first period shots and was charged with the loss; Stacy Scott made a total of 19 saves in the last two stanzas.

UNH built a 4-0 lead in the first period and led 7-0 at the second intermission. The Wildcats recorded a 43-10 shot advantage and went 1-for-4 on the power play as well as 5 of 5 on the penalty kill.

    From an individual standpoint, more than a handful of Wildcats are among the national leaders. Sam Faber is No. 1 in game-winning goals (nine) while Jennifer Hitchcock is No. 1 in power-play goals (nine) and Kayley Herman leads the nation in wins (19). Faber is also 11th in points per game (1.48), ninth in goals per game (0.72) and 15th in assists (0.76 apg). Herman is also second in goals-against-average (1.19) and fifth in both save percentage (.932) and minutes (1365:01).

Jenn Wakefield is third in rookie scoring (1.30 ppg) and that number is 17th overall; she is also 10th in goals (0.70 gpg). Sadie Wright-Ward has ascended to 14th in goals (0.64 per game) and 21st in points (1.24 ppg) as well as 16th in power-play goals (five). Leah Craig is 14th in assists (0.80 apg) and Kelly Paton is tied with Wright-Ward in power-play goals. Courtney Birchard is also among rookie scoring leaders at No. 21 (0.60 ppg).

The defensive scoring leaderboard includes UNH’s Martine Garland at 13th (0.62 ppg) and Kacey Bellamy at 16th (0.60).

    Tickets for the 6th annual Hockey East Championship Tournament can be purchased by calling the UConn box office at (877) 288-2666. The tournament will be held March 8-9 at the University of Connecticut’s Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.

    Hockey East debuted its inaugural “Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer” last season. The one-day event was hosted by league schools as a way to establish a greater fan base, raise needed funds and to work with the specific charities. In its initial year, close to $20,000 was donated to local breast cancer charities (Friends of Mel’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society) to vastly exceed expectations. The 2nd Annual “Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer” has grown into a weekend event, and will be held February 16-17th, 2008, when UNH plays host to Vermont.

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