November 22, 2010

Game Notes: Women's Hockey Faces Off Against Maine on Nov. 23 (Lewiston, Maine)

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THE MATCHUP

    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team continues its interstate rivalry against the University of Maine on Nov. 23 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston (Maine).
    Tickets – all general admission – are $5 and are available at the arena's box office (190 Birch Street) or by phone at 207-783-2009.
    UNH has a 33-1-3 lifetime record, including 3-0-0 last season, against Maine. The Wildcats have won each of the last 14 meetings in this series and are unbeaten in 28 games (25-0-3) since the Black Bears skated to a 2-1 victory Jan. 20, 2002 at the Whittemore Center.
    This game will be the third neutral-site game between the 'Cats and Black Bears. UNH prevailed in the '03 and '06 semifinal round of the Hockey East tournament.
    In last year's series, UNH outscored Maine 13-3 with a 118-53 shot advantage. The Wildcats were 5-for-16 on the power play whereas the Black Bears went 1 of 19.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire has lost three consecutive games following a seven-game winning streak to carry an 8-5-0 overall record into Tuesday's game.
    Tuesday's game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee will be UNH's first neutral-site game of the season. The Wildcats have not played a neutral-site regular-season game since the November 2008 series in Fort Myers, Fla. against Wisconsin. This will be New Hampshire's fifth neutral-site regular-season game in the past decade.
    The 'Cats went 1-3-0 in the absence of senior defenseman and co-captain Courtney Birchard, who won a gold medal skating for Canada at the Four Nations Cup.
    UNH's three-game losing streak is the longest since the 2004 team also lost three straight; that squad finished with 23 wins.
    In the nine-year history of Hockey East, this is the second time that UNH does not have a winning percentage in league play. The 2008-09 team was 0-1-3-1 through four league games (finished atop the Hockey East standings at 15-2-3-1).
    UNH has not scored a power-play goal in six consecutive games (0-for-14). UNH's penalty kill is 24-for-26 (92.3%) in that span.

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 198-38-24 home record, which calculates to an .808 winning percentage. (includes this season)
    The Wildcats won each of its initial five home games of the 2010-11 season before losing 1-0 to UConn on Nov. 13; UNH had scored a goal in 109 consecutive home games dating back to Nov. 2004. The 'Cats have outscored the opposition 12-5 at the Whittemore Center. Junior goaltender Lindsey Minton is 5-1-0 with a 0.83 GAA and .962 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

'CAT NIPS
    Lindsey Minton has started eight consecutive games dating back to Oct. 16; last year, she had six straight starts spanning Feb. 7 to March 6. She has surrendered 12 goals in the current eight-game stretch with a 1.50 GAA and .929 save percentage.
    Freshman forward Sarah Campbell scored her first collegiate goal in UNH's most recent game, a 2-1 loss at UConn on Nov. 14. Her first-period goal gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Both of Campbell's points have come in the last three games; she is the only 'Cat with more than one point in that three-game span.
    UNH's leading point scorers in Hockey East league play are Arielle O'Neill (1-2-3) and Kristina Lavoie (2-1-3).
    In league play, Sarah Campbell, Emma Clark and Bryanna Farris are tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +3.

WILDCATS IN THE NATION
    Here is how UNH stacks up against Maine in the national statistics (35 teams; through Nov. 22):
    UNH    Maine
Offense (gpg)    22 (2.08)    14 (2.92)
Defense (gpg)    5 (1.69)    17 (2.42)
PP (%)    31 (.087)    11 (.194)
PK (%)    2 (.938)    10 (.878)

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 27-9-2 lifetime record (.737 winning percentage) with a 1.72 GAA, .917 save percentage and six shutouts in 41 total games (39 starts).
    In 10 games this season (all starts), Minton is 6-4-0 with a 1.39 GAA and .934 save percentage to rank sixth in the nation in GAA and 12th in save percentage. Minton has allowed zero or one goal in seven of 10 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.

O, CANADA
    Ten of 22 student-athletes on the 2011 UNH women's ice hockey roster hail from Canada. Julie Allen, Hannah Armstrong, Courtney Birchard, Kailey Chappell, Bryanna Farris, Nicole Gifford, Paige Goloubef, Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill are from Ontario, and Kayley Herman calls Saskatchewan home.
    Those players account for 22 of 27 goals (81%) and 24 of 46 assists (52%) for 46 of 73 points (63%).

A MATTER OF CLASS
    Here is a glance at the class breakdown (excluding goalies) with number of players per class indicated in parenthesis:
    G (%)    A (%)    P (%)
Senior (5)    6 (22%)    14 (31%)    20 (28%)
Junior (2)    2   (7%)    3   (7%)    5   (7%)
Sophomore (8)    8 (30%)    18 (40%)    26 (36%)
Freshman (5)    11 (41%)    10 (22%)    21 (29%)


HOCKEY EAST HISTORY
    In the eight-year history of Hockey East, UNH has lost a total of 24 games to league opponents –19 in the regular season and five in postseason play. Of those 24 losses, 11 have been to Providence (nine in the regular season; two in postseason).
    New Hampshire's overall league record is 131-19-16 (.837 winning percentage). Additionally, the 'Cats are 10-4 in the Hockey East tournament with four titles.

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