The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which has a 5-1-0 overall record with a 3-0-0 mark in Hockey East, ascended to No. 2 in both of this week’s national polls. The Wildcats continue their stretch of seven consecutive league games this week with road games against Boston University (0-4-2, 0-1-0) on Nov. 1 and University of Vermont (4-3-0, 0-0-0) on Nov. 3.

UNH has won all 13 lifetime meetings, including a 3-1 win at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 21, against Boston University. The Wildcats are 7-0-0 vs. the Terriers since they gained varsity status for the 2005-06 season. In those seven games, UNH has outscored BU by a 30-5 margin with three wins by shutout.

In this year’s matchup, the Wildcats were led offensively by Jenn Wakefield (2g, 1a) and Sam Faber (2a). Wakefield gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead at 19:04 of the first period and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when she gave the home team a 2-0 lead at 4:40 of the middle stanza. Rookie goaltender Kayley Herman was credited with eight saves and BU counterpart Allyse Wilcox stopped 35 shots as the ‘Cats recorded a 38-9 shot advantage and did not commit a penalty.

UNH has won all 15 lifetime meetings against Vermont. In last year’s three-game series, the Wildcats were 8-1 and 5-0 victors on the road (in late February) and a 5-0 winner at home (early December). The Wildcats recorded a 129-24 shot advantage and went 5-for-20 on the power play as well as 9-for-9 on the penalty kill. Of the 15 games, New Hampshire has won 10 times by shutout.

    Freshman forward Jenn Wakefield was honored as Mission Rookie of the Week by Hockey East on Oct. 29; it marked the second consecutive week that Wakefield received this distinction. Wakefield recorded two goals and an assist at nationally-ranked Boston College, then tallied assist against Maine to lead the Wildcats to victory in both games; each of her two assists set up a game-wining goal.

UNH Wildcats have won a total of three Mission Rookie of the Week awards. Freshman goaltender Kayley Herman received that distinction Oct. 8.

    New Hampshire enters the week with a four-game winning streak following last week’s victories against Boston College (4-1 on the road) and Maine (5-0 at home); the Wildcats scored three first-period goals in both of those wins. UNH has surrendered just two goals during the win streak and the penalty kill is perfect at 13-for-13; furthermore, the ‘Cats have outshot the opposition 157-58 in that span. The Wildcats’ 3-1 win vs. Boston University on Oct. 21 was the second game of this win streak.

In the last 21 games against Hockey East foes (including the 2007 postseason), the Wildcats have a 19-0-2 record; that stretch includes three wins against BU. UNH has not lost a league game since Nov. 2, 2006 (at Boston College).

UNH recorded a season-high 49 shots while yielding a season-low seven shots in last Sunday’s 5-0 win vs.Maine.

New Hampshire did not surrender a first-period goal until the fifth game of the season, when Boston College struck at 13:25 of the opening stanza.

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 Oct. 21 vs. BU. The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 8-1 in the first period and 7-1 in the third, but have been outscored 5-2 in the middle stanza despite holding a 60-36 shot advantage.

    In their most recent action, the Wildcats were 5-0 victors against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 28. UNH rolled out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period, then Jennifer Hitchcock scored a power-play goal in both the second and third periods. Sam Faber scored the first goal 12 seconds into the game, then set up the next tally –by Kelly Paton – at 2:17. Courtney Birchard scored 32 seconds later with the assistance of Leah Craig and Kacey Bellamy. Craig also set up both of Hitchcock’s tallies to match her career high of three assists. Sophomore goaltender Lucy Schoedel recorded her third career shutout with a seven-save effort. Maine goalie Genevieve Turgeon stopped 44 shots.

    The line of Sam Faber–Jenn Wakefield–Kelly Paton combined for seven points (3g, 4a) in UNH’s 4-1 win at BC and four points (2g, 2a) in the 5-0 win against Maine.

    UNH’s three goals in the opening 2:49 vs. Maine marked just the second time in the program’s 31-year history that the Wildcats scored three goals less than three minutes into a game. The record for fastest three goals at the start of a game was established Jan. 28, 1978 (UNH’s first year as a varsity sport), when the Wildcats netted three goals in 1:47 and four goals in 2:10.

    Sam Faber, who led the 2007 ‘Cats in assists and points, has recorded a point in five of the team’s initial six games and is the only Wildcat who can boast that feat. Faber carries a four-game point-scoring streak into Thursday night’s matchup and she has recorded multiple points each of the last three games.

Faber 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.

Faber leads UNH in shooting percentage (.235), is tied for the team lead in points and ranks second in goals, assists and plus/minus.

    Freshman forward Jenn Wakefield, a two-time Mission Rookie of the Week selection by Hockey East, certainly has made an immediate impact at UNH. She compiled five goals and three assists for eight points in six October games; she also compiled a plus/minus rating of +7 and netted the game-winning goal vs. Boston University. She is the team leader in both goals and points.

Wakefield has compiled four goals and three assists for seven points in three league games. She has also tallied 3-1-4 in three games vs. nationally-ranked teams. Wakefield has recorded a point in four of six games with two multiple-point efforts.

The rookie factored into the scoring on seven of UNH’s first 12 goals with five goals and two assists. In that stretch, she recorded two goals and an assist for three points in consecutive games vs. Boston University and Boston College.


    Senior forward Leah Craig is on the verge of the Century Club and 50-50 Club because she has been a consistent point producer in her Wildcat career. Through six games this season, Craig leads the team in assists with five and she is third in both goals (two) and shooting percentage (.143) as well as fifth in plus/minus (+5). Craig has recorded a point in four of six games and carries a three-game point-scoring streak into this week’s action.
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