The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked eighth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and seventh in the USCHO.com poll, is 8-4-3 overall with a 4-1-2 record in Hockey East. The Wildcats play host to No. 10 Harvard University (4-4-2, 4-2-2 ECAC) on Dec. 5 with a seven o’clock start time at the Whittemore Center. Operation Hat Trick, a special endeavor created by UNH Athletics, will be featured at this game.
    UNH concludes the weekend with a road trip to sixth-ranked Boston University (8-3-3, 5-0-0 HE) on Dec. 7. Game time at Walter Brown Arena is 3 p.m.
    New Hampshire has a 27-12-2 lifetime record, including last year’s 4-1 win at the Whittemore Center, against Harvard University. The Wildcats are unbeaten in the last six meetings (5-0-1). Prior to that, the Crimson had a 12-game winning streak in the series. The ‘Cats are 15-5-0 at home with eight wins in 13 games at the Whittemore Center. Harvard’s most recent win vs. UNH was Dec. 9, 2003 (4-0) at the Bright Center; one week earlier, the Crimson won 2-1 at the Whittemore Center.
    New Hampshire is 16-1-1 against Boston University, but this season the Terriers recorded a 3-2 home victory (Oct. 23) and tied the Wildcats, 2-2, Oct. 30 in Durham; BU prevailed 2-0 in the shootout to earn the extra point in the Hockey East league standings. UNH has a 6-1-0 record vs. BU at Walter Brown Arena.
    In the game at Boston, the Terriers skated to a 2-0 lead in the first period and then the Wildcats potted a pair of second-period goals to tie the score heading into the final frame. Lauren Cherewyk’s second power-play goal of the game broke the tie at 11:55 of the final frame. Despite a 74-second two skater advantage and later pulling the goaltender in favor of an extra skater for the final 76 seconds. UNH was unable to pull even.
    In Durham, the Terriers struck first and led 2-1 at the first intermission. Sam Faber’s shorthanded tally at 5:39 of the third period proved to be the game-tying goal. The team’s skated to a 2-2 draw despite New Hampshire’s 36-18 shot advantage that included a 4-0 edge in overtime. In the shootout, BU scored on its first two shots and UNH scored on neither to give the Terriers the extra point in the league standings.

    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.
    Click here for more information about Operation Hat Trick or to view the product.

    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 is unbeaten in its last 20 games at the Whittemore Center (17-0-3). Princeton was the last visiting team to leave Durham with a victory against the Wildcats – 2-1 on Nov. 11, 2007.
    Kayley Herman recorded her first shutout of the season – 10th of her career –with a 12-save effort at home against Northeastern on Nov. 26.
    UNH recorded a 34-2 shot advantage in the third period at Colgate on Nov. 29; Jenn Wakefield tallied 12 shots in that stanza. The ‘Cats finished with a 47-25 shot advantage in the 5-4 loss; they outscored the Raiders 2-1 in that third period.
    New Hampshire has scored a power-play goal in 11 of 15 games this season and the ‘Cats have also yielded a power-play goal in 11 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.

    New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 17-12 in the second period with a 154-99 shot advantage in that stanza. In comparison, UNH’s scoring advantage is four goals (16-12) in the first period and 15-14 in final frame.
    UNH has scored a goal in 29 of 45 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.
    Colgate’s four-goal second period on Nov. 29 marked the most goals allowed by UNH in any period since Nov. 14, 2004, when St. Lawrence potted four second-period goals in a 5-3 SLU win.
    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.

    A few Wildcats are ranked among the individual national leaders, and that includes Sam Faber leading the nation in shorthanded goals with three. Jenn Wakefield is 14th in goals per game, 12th in points per game, fifth in game-winning goals and sixth in power-play goals. Angela Taylor is 20th in assists per game and Kacey Bellamy is 16th in defensemen scoring.

    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.

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