#2 WOMEN'S HOCKEY FACES OFF AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE
GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS/VIDEO

THE MATCHUP
    The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, currently ranked No. 2 in both national polls, has a 23-3-1 overall record that includes a 13-0-1 mark in Hockey East. The Wildcats travel to play Boston College (10-9-6, 6-6-2) at Conte Forum on Feb. 9. UNH will clinch a Hockey East tournament berth with a win vs. the Eagles. Live stats and video are available through the BC website.

UNH has a 38-2-2 lifetime record, including wins in both of this season’s previous matchups, against BC. The Wildcats have a 19-2-1 mark at Conte Forum with a 4-1 win there Oct. 25, when the Eagles were ranked #7 in the nation. New Hampshire began this series with a 32-0-2 unbeaten streak.

BC has recorded a home win vs. the ‘Cats each of the past two seasons and the Eagles handed New Hampshire its most recent league loss, 7-2, on Nov. 2, 2006; since that game, UNH is 28-0-3 in league regular-season games.

In the most recent matchup (Nov. 7 at the Whittemore Center), UNH took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission with a goal late in the middle stanza, then struck 97 seconds apart early in the third period to quickly build a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats extended the advantage to 4-0 before BC struck late in the game for the 4-1 final.

In this year’s road game, UNH struck first, then netted goals 66 seconds apart late in the opening stanza to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The ‘Cats scored again late in the final frame to close the scoring.

A composite look at the season series shows the Wildcats with a 66-31 shot advantage, 3-for-10 on the power play and 9 of 10 on the penalty kill.

HOCKEY EAST’S “SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER”
    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 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 Feb. 16-17th, when UNH plays host to Vermont. (UNH’s designated game is the 16th.)

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 23-3-1 overall record (13-0-1 Hockey East and 11-2-0 on the road). UNH’s current nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) is the team’s longest of the season and 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).

UNH’s penalty kill has not surrendered a goal in the Wildcats’ last 49 shorthanded situations. The ‘Cats are a perfect 42-for-42 in the last eight games. It is the team’s longest PK streak since a stretch of 11 perfect games that was part of 51 consecutive kills (46 in those 11 games).

New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 23-3 in the last three games and 45-9 in the nine-game unbeaten streak.

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 13-0-1 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 30-0-3 in the last 33 games vs. Hockey East teams (including the postseason).

A glance at the goal and shot totals portrays UNH’s league dominance. In 14 Hockey East games, the ‘Cats have surrendered a total of 12 goals; UNH has scored more than that in all three periods with 21 in both the first and second periods as well as 27 in the third. New Hampshire has yielded a total of 176 shots; in comparison, UNH’s lowest shot total in a period is 186 (in the second); the ‘Cats have 195 in the first and 190 in the third.

'CAT NIPS
    Martine Garland recorded her 100th career point with the last of her five assists last Saturday at Maine. The five assists marked the single-game high by a Wildcat this season. Raylen Dziengelewski had held the mark of four, which she recorded Nov. 25 vs. Niagara University.

Kacey Bellamy recorded her 50th career assist Feb. 3 at Maine. With 69 career points, Bellamy is tied for 11th on UNH’s career defenseman scoring list.

Stefanie Marty scored her first collegiate goal Feb. 2 at Maine.
 
Micaela Long established a personal-best three assists and matched her career high of four points Feb. 3 vs. the Black Bears.

Jenn Wakefield recorded more shots in a game than the opposing team for the second time this season when she finished with nine (UM-8) in the February 3rd game.

'CATS ON THE ROAD
    UNH has compiled an 11-2-0 road record that includes 7-0-0 in Hockey East and 4-2-0 against nationally-ranked teams. The ‘Cats have won six consecutive road games.
    Sadie Wright-Ward and Jenn Wakefield both have 12 goals and six assists for 18 points to lead the ‘Cats in both goals and points. Sam Faber (11g, 7a) is second in both goals and points while Leah Craig (3g, 13a) is the team leader in road assists. Kelly Paton, with 14 points in 13 road games, is the fifth Wildcat averaging more than one point per game on the road.
    Kayley Herman has started 11 road games and has compiled a 10-1-0 record with a 1.19 GAA, .937 save percentage and three shutouts. Lucy Schoedel is 1-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .906 save percentage.

SECOND TO NONE
    New Hampshire is second to none when it comes to Hockey East rankings. The Wildcats lead the league in offense, defense, power play, penalty kill and shots per game.
    In addition, a number of Wildcats are on the league leaderboard. Five of the top seven point scorers, led by Sam Faber and Sadie Wright-Ward at 1-2, wear the UNH Blue and White. Jenn Wakefield is Hockey East’s top rookie point producer. The ‘Cats hold four of the top five spots in goals (Faber and Wakefield at 1-2) and 7 of 10 in assists (Leah Craig, Faber tied at 1). Jennifer Hitchcock leads everyone in power-play goals and is one of four ‘Cats in the top eight; the top two spots (Wright-Ward and Hitchcock at 1-2) and seven of the top eight on power-play points are UNH skaters.

HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    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.
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