The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, has a 6-1-3 overall record with a 2-1-2 mark in Hockey East (the last column indicates league shootout losses rather than ties). UNH, which has been idle since a 4-1 win Nov. 1 against Vermont, travels to Maine for a single game on Nov. 14 (7 p.m.). The Black Bears are 2-8-0 overall and 0-4 in the league.

UNH has a 27-1-3 lifetime record, including a series sweep last season, against Maine. The Wildcats have won eight straight in the series and are unbeaten in the last 22 meetings (19-0-3) dating back to UM’s 2-1 win at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 20, 2002. UNH is 12-0-2 lifetime at Alfond Arena.

In last year’s three-game series, UNH outscored Maine 20-1. UNH tallied 45+ shots in every game and had a 152-32 shot advantage. The ‘Cats were 7-for-16 on the power play and 17 of 17 on the penalty kill.

In the last seven meetings overall, including an 2006 Hockey East semifinal matchup, UM has scored a total of two goals.

    The University of New Hampshire athletic department recently announced the creation of a special project called “Operation Hat Trick,” an initiative that will give baseball hats to injured military personnel.

For every two hats that are sold (suggested retail price of $19.95 each), a third will be donated to the VA Hospital’s Recreation Therapy program. Six local retailers, including an online provider, have committed to the project by selling the hats through their outlets. The retailers are: UNH Bookstore, Hayden Sports, Town & Campus, Sportdesigns.com, Friends of Men’s Hockey, Friends of Women’s Hockey and UNH Athletics.

Operation Hat Trick will be launched at the UNH men’s hockey game versus Providence on Saturday, Nov. 22, with women’s hockey having its special presentation Friday, Dec. 5 versus Harvard. Members of the hockey team will wear Operation Hat Trick hats during introductions and then toss each personally autographed hat into the crowd. Three team-signed hats will be raffled off and proceeds will go to the VA Hospital Recreation Therapy program. Shortly after the game, members of each hockey team will travel to the VA Hospital to meet and greet patients and to deliver the first group of hats.

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    New Hampshire opened the 2009 season with 10 games in 25 days and the Wildcats compiled a 6-1-3 record, including a 1-1-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams.

UNH has just one loss through 10 games for the fifth time in head coach Brian McCloskey’s seven-year tenure.

The Wildcats were idle last week and – other than the annual holiday break – it marked the first time UNH did not play a game during a week in regular-season play since February 2001.

Kelly Paton is the only Wildcat who has recorded a point in all 10 games this season. (Jenn Wakefield has a point in all eight games in which she has played; she missed two games due to a commitment with Hockey Canada.) Paton, already with a pair of two-goal games, and Sam Faber are tied for the team lead in points with 14.

UNH has trailed in the third period in four of five Hockey East games this season. They rallied to tie both BC, UConn and BU (Oct. 30) but lost at BU (Oct. 23). UNH has not faced a third-period deficit in any of its five non-league games.

    New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 13-3 in the second period with a 105-63 shot advantage in that stanza. In comparison, UNH’s scoring advantage is just one

UNH has scored a goal in 21 of 30 periods (excluding overtimes) this season, and that includes three games in which the ‘Cats scored at least once in all three periods.

The five goals scored Oct. 25 vs. Yale matched the team’s highest goal output of the season. New Hampshire also potted five goals in both games against Niagara (Oct. 11-12).

The three goals scored in the third period against Yale also matched the team’s highest single-period total. UNH netted three second-period goals vs. Niagara on Oct. 12.

Yale struck three times in the third period. UNH had not yielded three goals in any period since the 2007 NCAA quarterfinal loss to St. Lawrence on March 10, 2007 (first period).

    UNH was idle last week, but a pair of Wildcats competed at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, New York. Kacey Bellamy skated on the gold-medal U.S. team while Jenn Wakefield was on the silver-medal Canadian team. Wakefield scored a second-period goal in Canada’s tourney opener, a 6-0 win against Finland.

Bellamy also competed at the Four Nations Cup in 2006 and 2007, and in both years she made an impact upon her return to the Wildcats. Last year, she recorded two assists in a two-game series against (top-ranked) Wisconsin. In 2006, Bellamy tallied a career-high three assists against (nationally-ranked) St. Lawrence in her first game back, and that was the beginning of a six-game point-scoring streak.

Wakefield also competed at the 2007 Four Nations Cup and helped Canada to a gold medal. She netted a goal in the opening round-robin game last year, as she did this year.


    There may be times this season when you can’t make it to the Whittemore Center to support the UNH Wildcats. We’ve got you covered with videostreaming at unhwildcats.tv and live stats at www.unhwildcats.com.

    UNH plays a two-game series against top-ranked University of Wisconsin in Fort Myers, Fla. on Nov. 21-22. Tickets are on sale now and are available only through the Fort Myers Skatium by calling (239) 321-7509. The capacity for the venue is 500. All tickets are general admission and cost $5.

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