GAME NOTES: WOMEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS HOME-AND-HOME SERIES AGAINST UCONN
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The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, winners of seven of the last eight games, takes an 8-3-0 overall record into this weekend's home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut. The programs face off Nov. 13 at the Whittemore Center and then the 14th at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
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UNH has a 31-3-4 lifetime record, including a 2-1 win in this year's season opener, against UConn. The Wildcats have won six straight in the series and have a 17-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2) dating back to the Huskies' victory in the 2005 Hockey East semifinal.
In the series breakdown, UNH has a 16-1-2 mark at home and a 14-1-2 road record against UConn, which has scored one goal each of the last four overall meetings.
On Oct. 2 at Freitas Ice Forum, Sarah Cuthbert and Kristina Lavoie scored first-period goals 61 seconds apart and Kayley Herman recorded 15 saves to lead UNH to a 2-1 victory.
UNH took that 2-0 lead and an 11-4 shot advantage into the first intermission. The Huskies closed within one goal early in the second period on Jocelyn Slattery's tally. UConn pulled goalie Alexandra Garcia (21 saves) with 2:05 remaining but the Wildcats limited them to just one shot in that time to preserved the victory.
The 'Cats went scoreless on four power-play opportunities and the penalty kill was perfect in six shorthanded situations.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire extended its winning streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory at home vs. Vermont on Nov. 6, but the streak ended the following day with a 5-2 road loss to fifth-ranked Boston University.
In three Hockey East league games, UNH has outscored the opposition 4-0 in the first period.
The Wildcats had been unbeaten (6-0-0) when scoring the game's first goal until last Sunday's loss at BU.
UNH has not scored a power-play goal in four consecutive games (0-for-8); it is the longest drought, in terms of games, since October 2007 (also four games). UNH's penalty kill is 18-for-19 (94.7%) the past four games.
3rd ANNUAL WILDCAT FOOD DRIVE
UNH Athletics has partnered with the New Hampshire Food Bank and WOKQ 97.5 FM for the 3rd Annual Wildcat Food Drive. All proceeds and contributions will support the NH Food Bank and Granite State communities. Fans who make a donation of canned goods will receive ticket discounts and be entered to win a Bose iPod docking station.
Women's hockey fans can support the Wildcat Food Drive by bringing a canned good item to the Nov. 13 game vs. UConn.
There's no place like home
Since the Whittemore Center opened in the 1995-96 season, the UNH women's ice hockey team has a 198-37-24 home record, which calculates to an .809 winning percentage. (includes this season)
The Wildcats have a perfect home record through five games and have outscored the opposition 12-4 at the Whittemore Center. Junior goaltender Lindsey Minton is 5-0-0 with a 0.79 GAA and .964 save percentage at home.
New Hampshire has not lost at home to a non-conference team in regular-season play since November 2007 (18-0-2 since then).
COUNTDOWN TO THE 700 CLUB
UNH, now in its 34th year at the varsity level, is the winningest women's college hockey program in the United States with an overall record of 695-179-64 for a .775 winning percentage. In 33 years, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1998; AWCHA), four Hockey East tournament championships, six Hockey East regular-season titles, five ECAC tournament championships and four EAIAW championships. UNH has made five consecutive NCAA tourney appearances (2006-10) with two trips to the Frozen Four in that span.
The Wildcats became the first to reach the milestone of 600 victories in January 2007. Here is a time line for each century mark:
Mark Date Opponent Result Game # Record
1st win 12/03/77 Colby 8-4 1 1-0-0
100 02/02/83 at Dartmouth 7-1 103 100-1-2
200 01/15/89 St. Lawrence 5-2 227 200-20-7
300 11/27/94 vs. Providence 5-2 371 300-55-16
400 11/21/98 at Yale 9-2 506 400-80-26
500 02/02/03 Providence 4-1 668 500-131-37
600 01/13/07 Maine 3-1 806 600-155-51
Lindsey Minton shut out her third consecutive opponent with last Saturday's 21-save effort against Vermont at the Whittemore Center; her career-best shutout streak ended at 219:43 the following day at fifth-ranked Boston University.
Minton has started six consecutive games dating back to Oct. 16; it ties the longest mark of her career established last year (Feb. 7 to March 6).
Three 'Cats recorded two points apiece in to 2-0 win vs. UVM (Nov. 6). Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill recorded a goal and an assist while Bryanna Farris tallied two assists to mark her first career multiple-point game.
Freshman forward Sarah Campbell recorded her first career point Nov. 7 at fifth-ranked Boston U. when she set up the game's first goal (by Sarah Cuthbert).
Kristine Horn has tallied at least one point each of the first six weekends of the season. Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill can also boast that feat.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
New Hampshire has two proven players between the pipes and can rely on both any given day.
Junior netminder Lindsey Minton had an 11-5-2 record in 19 games (all starts) a year ago. Her other statistics included a 1.91 GAA, .908 save percentage and two shutouts.
Minton currently has a 27-7-2 lifetime record (.778 winning percentage) with a 1.73 GAA, .917 save percentage and six shutouts in 39 total games (37 starts).
In eight games this season (all starts), Minton is 6-2-0 with a 1.36 GAA and .938 save percentage to rank fourth in the nation in GAA and fifth in save percentage. Minton has allowed zero or one goal in six of eight games, including consecutive shutouts of Niagara University (twice) and Vermont. Minton's personal-best shutout streak ended at 219:43 when Boston U. scored a second-period goal on Nov. 7.
Minton made a season-high 25 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory vs. Niagara on Oct. 29 and then stopped 24 shots then next day in a 2-0 victory to record back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career.
Her first loss was a 1-0 overtime decision at Colgate in which she made 22 saves. She also surrendered just one goal in her next two games vs. Union and Clarkson.
Senior goalie Kayley Herman went 8-4-3 in 16 games (14 starts) last season. She also had a 1.88 GAA and .913 save percentage with three shutouts. In 78 career games, Herman is 53-14-9 (.757 win percentage) with a 1.69 GAA, .917 save percentage and 14 shutouts.
As a freshman in 2008, Herman broke the school single-season records for wins (29) and GAA (1.07); her .938 save percentage ranks third.
On UNH's career leaderboard, Herman ranks third in GAA and fifth in both save percentage and shutouts. She is also fourth in both minutes (4627:11) and wins.
Herman has three starts this year. She is 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .890 save percentage.
Freshman walk-on Leslie Ann McGowan joined the team in mid-October.
HOCKEY EAST HISTORY
In the eight-year history of Hockey East, UNH has lost a total of 22 games to league opponents –17 in the regular season and five in postseason play. Of those 22 losses, 11 have been to Providence (nine in the regular season; two in postseason).
New Hampshire's overall league record is 131-17-16 (.850 winning percentage). Additionally, the 'Cats are 10-4 in the Hockey East tournament with four titles.