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The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked fifth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and sixth in the USCHO.com poll, is 7-3-3 overall with a 3-1-2 record in Hockey East. The Wildcats play host to Northeastern University (6-3-2, 3-1-0 HE) on Nov. 26 with a five o’clock start time at the Whittemore Center. Following Thanksgiving, the ‘Cats travel to Hamilton, N.Y. for a Nov. 29 (2 p.m.) game at Colgate University.
The UNH vs. Northeastern series is the second longest in women’s college hockey and dates back to Jan. 12, 1979 (UNH win, 7-3). New Hampshire holds the 70-28-7 edge in 105 all-time meetings, and the Wildcats have won 21 straight against the Huskies (the win streak coincides with the beginning of UNH head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure).
UNH is 32-9-4 at home and that includes a 14-3-2 mark at the Whittemore Center. During the current win streak, the ‘Cats have won 11 times by shutout. NU’s most recent win in the series was March 15, 2002 (2-0 in an ECAC Eastern League semifinal at UConn).
New Hampshire has won all four lifetime meetings against Colgate. Last year (Oct. 14) at the Whittemore Center, the Wildcats were 1-0 victors when Sam Faber score with 2:01 remaining in regulation; the ‘Cats outshot the Raiders 14-3 in the first period and 42-23 overall; Kayley Herman recorded her first career shutout; both teams were scoreless on the power play – UNH had 10 opportunities and Colgate had five.
In UNH’s only trip to Starr Rink, the ‘Cats won 4-1 on Oct. 22, 2006. New Hampshire prevailed 5-1 in Jan. 2005 and 7-0 in Jan. 2006; both of those games were at the Whittemore Center.
UNH ANNOUNCES OPERATION HAT TRICK
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 was launched at the UNH men’s hockey game vs. Providence on Saturday, Nov. 22, and women’s hockey will have its special presentation Friday, Dec. 5 vs. 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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THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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.
Twelve of 14 skaters recorded a point in the 7-1 win at Maine on Nov. 14. Jenn Wakefield led four multiple-point scorers with two goals and two assists for four points.
The Wildcats limited Maine to eight shots, and that was preceded by a game in which they held Vermont to 12 shots for a total of 20 shots yielded in two games.
New Hampshire has scored a power-play goal in 9 of 13 games this season and the ‘Cats have also yielded a power-play goal in nine games.
UNH had just one loss through 10 games for the fifth time in head coach Brian McCloskey’s seven-year tenure.
The Wildcats were idle from Nov. 2 to Nov. 13 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.
The eight goals surrendered to Wisconsin on Nov. 21 marked the most goals yielded by a UNH team since Minnesota-Duluth potted eight goals Dec. 10, 2000.
New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 14-8 in the second period with a 126-83 shot advantage in that stanza. In comparison, UNH’s scoring advantage is four goals (16-12) in the first period and the opposition has the 13-12 edge in final frame.
UNH has scored a goal in 25 of 39 periods (excluding overtimes) this season, and that includes four games in which the ‘Cats scored at least once in all three periods.
The four power-play goals and seven goals overall Nov. 14 at Maine were single-game highs this season for the Wildcats. The four first-period goals also marked the highest single-period total.
Yale struck three times in the third period Oct. 25. UNH had not yielded three goals in any period since the 2007 NCAA quarterfinal loss to St. Lawrence on March 10, 2007 (first period). The ‘Cats also yielded three goals in both the first and second periods to Wisconsin on Nov. 21.