The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, ranked third in both national polls, hits the road for the first time in the 2010 season with games at fourth-ranked Clarkson (Oct. 23; 7 p.m.) and sixth-ranked St. Lawrence (Oct. 24; 3 p.m.).
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    UNH has won all five lifetime meetings, including last year’s 2-1 home win, against Clarkson. Prior to last October, these programs had not faced off since the 1982 season.
    Last year at the Whittemore Center, UNH netted two first-period goals in a span of 60 seconds and held that two-goal advantage until the Golden Knights scored at 3:38 of the third period. Clarkson was held without a shot in the last 8:45 of the game. Neither team scored a power-play goal as the ‘Cats had five opportunities and CU had 10.
    UNH has a 27-10-3 lifetime record, including last year’s 3-2 win at the Whittemore Center, against St. Lawrence. The Wildcats have a 10-6-2 road record in this series, and they split a pair of games at Appleton Arena in their most recent trip there – October 2007 – with a 4-2 win and 3-0 loss.
    Last year at the Whittemore Center, SLU took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but the ‘Cats netted a pair of second-period goals to take a 2-1 lead. UNH extended its advantage to 3-1 midway through the final frame, but the Saints, playing with an empty net, pulled within 3-2 with 1:55 remaining. SLU once again pulled its goalie with 90 seconds to play but could not net the equalizer.

    New Hampshire concluded its season-opening six-game homestand with a 5-0-1 record. Dating back to last season, UNH is unbeaten in 19 consecutive regular-season games (18-0-1). The Wildcats closed the 2009 regular season with 13 consecutive wins and opened ‘10 with four victories before posting a tie and win last weekend.
    Staying within the realm of regular season play, UNH has not lost at the Whittemore Center since Nov. 11, 2007 (2-1 to Princeton). Since that game, the ‘Cats are 26-0-5 at home in regular-season games –that includes 12-0-2 against non-league opponents.
    New Hampshire is 9-for-19 on the power play in the last four games and that includes a 4-for-5 effort Oct. 18 vs. Niagara.
    The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 7-1 in the first period with a 68-24 shot advantage.
    UNH shut out the opposition in the second and third games of the season; the Wildcats did not record back-to-back shutouts last year. UNH’s shutout streak ended at 183 minutes, 30 seconds when Syracuse scored its second-period goal.
    Eighth-year head coach Brian McCloskey is approaching the 200-win milestone, as he enters the weekend with 194 career victories (193-41-24 overall record). There are currently nine active Division I coaches with 200+ wins. McCloskey’s predecessors at UNH also exceeded 200 victories. Russ McCurdy compiled a 264-36-10 record from 1978-92 and Karen Kay went 215-90-25 from 1993-2002.

    The senior class has recorded 19 of the team’s 36 assists, and seniors rank 1-2-3 in both assists and points.
    Micaela Long and Kelly Paton have recorded a point in all six games.
    Freshmen have scored nine of the team’s 22 goals.
    Kristine Horn has scored three of her four goals on the power play.

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