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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, split in this week’s national polls at #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and #3 in the USCHO.com Poll, is 3-1-0 overall entering this week’s Hockey East league matchups against Boston College and Maine. The Wildcats travel to play seventh-ranked BC on Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) and then play host to the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 28 (4 p.m.).

Sunday’s home game will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Network, and that broadcast will be available online at Yahoo!

GameTracker is available for Thursday’s game through BC’s website at http://bceagles.cstv.com/sports/w-hockey/sched/bc-w-hockey-sched.html -- or by navigating through www.cstv.com.

UNH has a 36-2-2 lifetime record, including 18-2-1 on the road, against Boston College. The Wildcats won last year’s season series 2-1-0 with wins at home (4-2 and 2-1) and a road loss (7-2). Prior to last year, the Eagles had not scored more than three goals in a game vs. the ‘Cats; in the six meetings preceding last November’s BC win, the Eagles scored a total of six goals.

In last year’s series, BC held a 10-8 scoring advantage despite being outshot by a 117-61 margin, and that included 40-27 in its five-goal win. The penalty kill units dominated the series; UNH’s power play went 3-for-19 and surrendered a shorthanded goal, and BC was 2 of 17 with the extra skater.

UNH has a 24-1-3 lifetime record, including 12-1-1 at home (all at the Whittemore Center), against the University of Maine. In last year’s three-game sweep, UNH recorded lopsided advantages in both goals (14-1) and shots (144-31); furthermore, the Wildcats went 5-for-16 on the power play and 14 of 14 on the penalty kill.

The ‘Cats have won five straight in the series and are unbeaten in the last 19 meetings (16-0-3) against the Black Bears (all during head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure). Half of UNH’s 24 wins have been by shutout, and that includes three of the last four times these teams have faced off.

    Freshman forward Jenn Wakefield was honored as Mission Rookie of the Week by Hockey East on Oct. 22. Wakefield recorded her first career multiple-point game with two goals and an assist in UNH’S 3-1 victory last Sunday against league foe Boston University. She scored late in the first period and early in the second to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead, and she set up the empty-net goal late in the game to secure the win. She also had a plus/minus rating of +3 in the game.

Wakefield is the second UNH Wildcat to earn the Mission Rookie of the Week award this season. Freshman goaltender Kayley Herman received that distinction Oct. 8.

    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. (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.)

    UNH was not whistled for a penalty in its Oct. 21 game vs. Boston U. The last time the Wildcats went an entire game without a penalty was Feb 28, 2002 at Northeastern (there were no penalties in that game).

UNH netted its initial second-period goal of the season last Sunday vs. BU. The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 2-0 in the first period and 5-1 in the third, but have been outscored 5-1 in the middle stanza despite holding a 41-25 shot advantage.

Last Sunday also marked the first time this season that the Wildcats led at the second intermission.

Sam Faber recorded a point in three of the team’s initial four games and is the only Wildcat who can boast that feat.

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    Here is how the UNH stacks up against Boston College and Maine in the national statistics:
                               UNH            BC                Maine
Offense (gpg)     19 (2.00)     14 (2.75)    21 (1.67)
Defense (gpg)      8 (1.50)       6 (1.25)    21 (3.50)
PP (%)                 26 (.000)     13 (.118)    21 (.054)
PK (%)                 19 (.857)      23 (.810)   25 (.775)

From an individual standpoint, UNH freshman goaltender Kayley Herman ranks fifth in GAA (1.00) and 10th in save percentage (.940) while Jenn Wakefield is 12th in goals per game (0.75) and seventh in rookie scoring (1.00 ppg).


    Junior forward Sam Faber became the 38th UNH Wildcat to record 100 career points with the first of her two assists Oct. 21 against Boston University. She enters this week with 101 points on 41 goals and 60 assists in 74 career games.

Two other Wildcats – senior forwards Jennifer Hitchcock and Sadie Wright-Ward – entered the season as members of the Century Club. Hitchcock is the active leader in both goals (69) and points (130); on the program’s career leaderboard, Hitchcock is 13th in goals and 19th in points. Wright-Ward enters the week with 45 goals and 63 assists for 108 points; among active players, Wright-Ward ranks third in goals as well as second in assists and points.

Another two Wildcats are on the cusp of joining the Century Club. Leah Craig inched closer to the milestone with last week’s goal, which increased her career totals to 47 goals and 46 assists for 93 points. Martine Garland, who is UNH’s active leader in assists (67), has a total of 83 points.

    Kacey Bellamy, Martine Garland and Jenn Wakefield will all be competing at the Four Nations Cup in Leksand, Sweden from Nov. 7-11. Bellamy was named to the U.S. Women’s Select Team, and both Garland and Wakefield were named to Canada’s Women’s National Team. It will be the second consecutive Four Nations Cup appearance for Bellamy and the first for both Canadian skaters. Team Canada and Team USA will face off in the round-robin series on Nov. 8.

    Nine of 23 players on UNH’s current roster hail from Canada. Here is a breakdown by province: Ontario-6 (Courtney Birchard, Leah Craig, Martine Garland, Jennifer Hitchcock, Kelly Paton, Jenn Wakefield); New Brunswick-1 (Carole LeBlanc); Nova Scotia-1 (Nicole Goguen); Saskatchewan-1 (Kayley Herman).

Included in this group are two All-America selections – Martine Garland and Jennifer Hitchcock –one of whom (Garland) was a 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist.

This group of players has accounted for 50.0% of the team’s goals (4/8), 69.2% of the assists (9/13) and 61.9% of the points (13/21).
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