January 17, 2012

GAME DAY: Women's Ice Hockey Travels to Northeastern Live on ESPN3 (Jan. 21)

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The Matchups
    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team battles against a pair of Boston teams this week with a Jan. 19 home game against Boston University and a Jan. 21 game at Northeastern University.
    Saturday's game at NU will be webcast on ESPN3.
    UNH has an 18-6-3 lifetime record, including a 5-2 road loss earlier this season (Nov. 12), against BU. The Wildcats have an 8-2-2 home record in this series, but are winless the past four home games (0-2-2) since a 3-2 overtime victory at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 1, 2007. BU has a 5-2-3 edge the past 10 meetings.
    One of the longest rivalries in women's college hockey continues Jan. 21 at Matthews Arena for the 118th meeting between New Hampshire and Northeastern – the series began Jan. 12, 1979 (7-3 UNH home win at Snively Arena). UNH leads the series 77-31-9 and that includes this season's 3-3 tie (Dec. 3 at UNH's Whittemore Center) and 5-1 loss (Dec. 4 at NU's Matthews Arena) when the Huskies were ranked No. 10 in the national polls.
    New Hampshire has a 32-15-1 road record in this series.
    UNH won 26 consecutive games and had a 27-game unbeaten streak  vs. Northeastern spanning the 2003 through 2010 seasons. The Huskies ended that streak Dec. 1, 2010 with a 4-0 victory at the Whittemore Center. Including that game, NU is 3-1-2 in the past six meetings. Prior to 2010, the last time the Huskies defeated the Wildcats was March 2002 in the ECAC Eastern League semifinals.

Lavoie Tabbed Hockey East's Player of the Week
    UNH junior forward Kristina Lavoie was honored as Athletic Republic Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday, Jan. 16. Lavoie recorded five points (1g, 4a) in three games last week to lead UNH to a 2-1-0 record that helped the Wildcats climb out of last place into a tie for sixth in the league standings; her other statistics included nine shots and a plus/minus rating of +2.
    Lavoie recorded a career-high three assists – the three points matched a personal best – to lead New Hampshire to a 5-1 victory against UConn on Jan. 14. Earlier in the week, she factored in both UNH goals by tallying a goal and assist at fourth-ranked Boston College (Jan. 10).

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire has an 8-13-3 overall record that includes 2-7-2 in Hockey East, 5-4-2 at home and 3-9-1 on the road. The Wildcats ended a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) by sweeping a two-game home series against the University of Connecticut last weekend. They prevailed 1-0 on Friday the 13th and then upended the Huskies by a 5-1 score Jan. 14.
    UNH's penalty kill is perfect (10-for-10) three games into the 2012 calendar year. The PK unit was 4 of 4 against both Boston College (Jan. 10) and UConn (Jan. 13) as well as 2-for-2 against UConn (Jan. 14). The Wildcats have not allowed a power-play goal in 14 of 24 games overall this season.
    UNH recorded a season-high 35 shots in last Saturday's four-goal victory vs. UConn at the Whittemore Center. The 'Cats limited UConn to 15 shots in the 1-0 win, and that total marked the second lowest by an opponent this season.
    New Hampshire had been 0-12-1 when scoring less than three goals prior to prevailing 1-0 on Jan. 13 vs. UConn. UNH improved to 4-2 in one-goal games with that victory.

'Cat Nips
    Senior goaltender Lindsey Minton recorded her first shutout of the season Jan. 13 vs. UConn with a 15-save effort at the Whittemore Center. That came on the heels of a career-high 39 saves Tuesday, Jan. 10 at fourth-ranked Boston College; that included 15 saves in the scoreless first period. Minton's previous season high of 30 saves also came at BC (Oct. 15, 2011) and her previous benchmark of 37 was against Boston College (Nov. 28, 2010).
    Junior forward Kristina Lavoie recorded a career-high three assists Jan. 14 vs. UConn at the Whittemore Center; the three points also matched a personal best.
    Junior defenseman and captain Kailey Chappell recorded her first career multiple-point game with two assists Jan. 10 at Boston College.
    Junior forward Katie Kleinendorst tallied her first career point with an assist Jan. 14 vs. UConn.
    That assist was recorded on junior defenseman (and assistant captain) Katie Brock's first career goal, which was scored in the third period to give UNH a 5-1 lead against the Huskies.
    Two of senior forward Emma Clark's four goals this season have been game-winning tallies. She scored her second game-winning goal of the season in UNH's 1-0 victory against UConn last Friday.
    Freshman forward/defenseman Caroline Broderick recorded her first career assist on that game-winning goal.
    Freshman forward Jenna Lascelle has scored a goal three of the last four games. She has a total of six points (5g, 1a) in that span.

3 For 6
    Three players combined to record all six points in UNH's 4-2 loss at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. Kristina Lavoie and Jenna Lascelle both tallied a goal and an assist while Kailey Chappell finished with two assists.

Triple Double
    New Hampshire recorded double-digit shots all three periods against UConn on Jan. 14. The Wildcats tallied 10 shots in the first period, followed by 13 in the second and 12 in the third for a total of 35.
    That marked just the second time this season UNH accomplished that feat. It previously happened Nov. 25 vs. Maine with 10-12-10–32. The Wildcats lost that game 3-0 despite a 32-21 shot advantage.
    Both games were at the Whittemore Center.

Wildcats in the Nation
    Here is how UNH stacks up against Boston University and Northeastern University in the national statistics (34 teams; through Jan. 16):
                           UNH            BU            NU
Offense (gpg)    26 (2.21)    20 (2.43)    10 (3.38)
Defense (gpg)    30 (3.58)    22 (2.78)    5 (1.71)
PP (%)              16 (.174)    17 (.158)    18 (.158)
PK (%)              13 (.852)    3 (.896)      4 (.893)

Hockey East 10th-Year Celebration
    The Women's Hockey East Association, whose inaugural season was  2002-03, is celebrating 10 years of hockey during the 2011-12 season. In correlation with this benchmark, UNH will honor former players from the past decade at the Feb. 4 game against Boston University.
    There will also be a special Hockey East insert each of the next five home games  – it started Jan. 13 and will culminate with the Feb. 4 game – to recall UNH's top 10 Hockey East moments. If you missed it, the four highlighted moments have been:
   •   March 14, 2003 – In the inaugural season of Hockey East, UNH sweeps "The Big Three" league awards as senior goaltender Jen Huggon is Player of the Year, Lindsay Hansen is Rookie of the Year and first-year head coach Brian McCloskey is Coach of the Year. Huggon, also presented the Goaltending Champion and Three Stars awards, is joined on the All-Star First Team by Kristen Thomas (junior defenseman) and Stephanie Jones (sophomore forward) while Allison Edgar (junior defenseman) is named to the Second Team, and Hansen is joined on the All-Rookie Team by fellow forward Vicki Davis.
   •   Feb. 29, 2004 – UNH wins the first of six consecutive Hockey East regular-season titles by defeating arch rival Providence College, 5-4 in overtime, at the Whittemore Center. Senior forward Carolyn Gordon scored at 2:10 of overtime to end the game. Sophomore forward Rebecca Paul recorded her first career hat trick that day and helped the Wildcats overcome a 3-1 third-period deficit. UNH freshman goaltender Melissa Bourdon finished with 17 saves. The 'Cats improved to 19-8-4 overall and 14-1-2 in Hockey East with the victory, which extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). UNH went on to win its last three league games to top the standings at 17-1-2.
   •   March 3, 2006 – Repeating an awards hat trick from Hockey East's inaugural season, UNH swept the three major individual awards at the league's annual banquet as sophomore forward Sadie Wright-Ward was named Player of the Year, Sam Faber was tabbed Rookie of the Year and Brian McCloskey earned Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. Wright-Ward, also the Hockey East Scoring Champion, was joined on the All-Star First Team by fellow sophomore forward Jen Hitchcock (Three Stars Award) and sophomore defenseman Martine Garland; junior goaltender Melissa Bourdon is named Goaltending Champion the third consecutive year and is a Second Team selection.
   •   March 5, 2006 – Led by two goals and an assist from Most Valuable Player and league Rookie of the Year Sam Faber, the No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats won their first Hockey East tournament title with a 6-0 victory against No. 9 Boston College at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. UNH won its 16th consecutive game and extended its unbeaten streak to 28 games (27-0-1) to improve to 32-2-1 – a school single-season win record – by recording a program-record sixth consecutive shutout. New Hampshire garnered all six spots on the All-Tournament Team – a feat unprecedented at the time and never duplicated. Faber was joined on the squad by junior goalie Melissa Bourdon, sophomore forwards Jen Hitchcock and Sadie Wright-Ward, sophomore defenseman Martine Garland and freshman defenseman Kacey Bellamy.

What Just Happened?
    UNH is coming off a two-game sweep of UConn at the Whittemore Center in which the Wildcats prevailed 1-0 (Friday, Jan. 13) and 5-1 (Saturday, Jan. 14).
    Emma Clark, with the assistance of Bryanna Farris and Caroline Broderick, scored the game's only goal at 6:45 of the first period. Lindsey Minton made six of her 15 saves in the third period. UConn's Alexandra Garcia stopped 20 shots, including 13 in the first period.
    One day later, that line combined to give UNH a 1-0 lead at 8:39 of the first period; this time is was Broderick finding the back of the net. UConn tied the score at 13:30, but Kristine Horn struck 2:23 later to give the 'Cats a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. Jenna Lascelle and Kayla Mork netted second-period goals – at 45 seconds and 15:41, respectively – to give the home team a commanding 4-1 lead. Katie Brock capped the scoring at 17:22 of the third. Minton stopped 24 of 25 shots while Garcia finished with 30 saves, including 11 in both the second and third.

What's Up Next?
    Following this week's games against two Boston foes, the Wildcats close January with a home-and-home series against the University of Vermont. The teams will face off at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 28 and then at UVM's Gutterson Fieldhouse on Jan. 29. Both games begin at two o'clock.
    The Jan. 28 game is part of Hockey East's "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" fundraising initiative.

Right at Home
    New Hampshire has scored three or more goals five times in its last six home games and is 4-1-1 in that span. The Wildcats netted three goals in consecutive games against Princeton (3-1 win), Union (3-2 win) and Northeastern (3-3 tie), then potted five goals in a loss to Dartmouth. Last weekend vs. UConn, they prevailed 1-0 and 5-1.
    Lindsey Minton is unbeaten at home this season. In four games, she has a 2-0-1 record with a 1.96 GAA, .925 save percentage and one shutout.
    Kristine Horn (5g, 4a) and Nicole Gifford (3g, 6a) are the top point producers at the Whittemore Center. They are followed closely by Jenna Lascelle (5g, 3a) and Kristina Lavoie (4g, 4a).

Road Woes
    UNH is 3-9-1 on the road this season and has lost seven consecutive road games dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6, 2011. Five of those seven games were to nationally-ranked teams, (BU, two vs. Minnesota, Northeastern, BC) and another was to a team currently in the top 10 (Harvard).

Wins & Losses
    Here is a statistical comparison of UNH's wins (eight games) and losses (13):
                            Win       Loss
Offense (gpg)         3.6        1.4
Defense (gpg)         1.8        5.1
Shots (per game)    28.2     22.7
Opp. shots/game    21.0     32.0
Power play            .207      .167
Penalty kill            .921      .793

Captaining the 'Cats
    Junior defenseman Kailey Chappell is captain of the 2011-12 UNH Wildcats, while junior defenseman Katie Brock and sophomore forward Nicole Gifford serve as alternate captains. All three were named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Academic Team.
    Chappell logs innumerable minutes as the backbone of the Wildcats' defensive unit and penalty kill. She opened the 2012 calendar year by recording her first career multiple-point game with two assists at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. Chappell tallied her first point of the season with an assist in UNH's 3-2 overtime victory against Union College (Nov. 29 at the Whittemore Center) and recorded her second point of the season with another assist Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth.
    Brock is also an integral part of the defense and penalty kill. Her first point came on an assist in the team's 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 6. She scored her first collegiate goal with a third-period tally Jan. 14 at the Whittemore Center against UConn.
    Gifford, with nine points (5g, 4a) the past nine games, has climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in goals (eight), assists (11) and points (19). She is also atop the leaderboard in power-play goals (four) and is third in shots (65) as well as fourth in shooting percentage (.123).
    Gifford, who recorded an assist each of the first four games, has tallied a point in 12 of 22 games with four multiple-point efforts. She scored three goals Nov. 26 vs. Princeton University for her first career multiple-goal game, and the three points also marked a personal best. Gifford then matched her personal best of two assists Nov. 29 against Union College. She had previously tallied a career-high two assists at fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12).

Providing "O" From The D
    Kristine Horn opened the season as a forward but has skated as a defenseman each of the last 10 games played (began Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota); she missed the Jan. 10 game at BC but returned to the lineup last weekend vs. UConn.
    Overall, the junior is tied for the team lead in goals (eight) and is tied for second in both points (18) and assists (10). She is tied for third in power-play goals (three) and is second in shots (74).
    Horn has recorded a point four of the last five games and in six of eight with two goals and six assists in those eight games. She scored the game-winning goal Jan. 14 vs. UConn when her first-period goal broke a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-1 victory. Horn tallied a game-high six shots that game and 15 shots the past three games.
    She ended 2011 with a goal vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 11); Horn had tallied an assist each of the previous two games at Harvard (Dec. 9) and at Northeastern (Dec. 4). Horn recorded consecutive two-assist performances against Princeton (Nov. 26) and Union (Nov. 29); the two assists match her personal best.
    Horn recorded her 50th career point (19g, 31a) with the second of her two points Nov. 29 against Union College at the Whittemore Center.
    She opened the 2011-12 season with a five-game goal-scoring streak and has recorded a point in 14 of 23 games with four multiple-point efforts, including 1g, 1a against both Niagara (Oct. 1) and fifth-ranked Boston U. (Nov. 12).

Forward Thinking
    Kristina Lavoie, last year's team leader in both assists and points, is once again one of the team's top point producers. Lavoie is tied atop the leaderboard in goals (eight) and is tied for second in both points (18) and assists (10) and first in shots (74); she has two game-winning goals and three power-play goals.
    Lavoie had a strong start to 2012 with two multiple-point efforts in three games to garner Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Week. She recorded a career-high three assists – and the three points matched a personal best – Jan. 14 vs. UConn. Lavoie opened January with a goal and an assist at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10.
    Lavoie has tallied a point four of the last five games and in six of eight. She has eight points (2g, 6a) in the five-game stretch and 10 (4g, 6a) in the last eight games. Lavoie has a point in 13 of 24 games with five multiple-point efforts.
    Lavoie recorded her 50th career point with the first of her two points, a second-period assist, Sept. 30 at Niagara. She enters the week with 35 goals and 32 assists for 67 points to lead all active players in both goals and points (and rank second in assists).
    Entering Thursday's game vs BU, Arielle O'Neill has eight points on one goal and seven assists, which ranks fourth on the team. She tallied two helpers in the Sept. 30 season opener at Niagara and matched that personal best of two assists Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth. O'Neill also tallied an assist in the 5-4 overtime win at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6.

The Puck Stops Here
    UNH has three goaltenders on its 2011-12 roster, but only senior Lindsey Minton entered the season with collegiate experience. Freshman Jenn Gilligan immediately challenged Minton for playing time and fellow newcomer Moe Bradley completes the depth chart.
    Minton, who played in just three of the first 17 games of the season, has played each of the last seven games and that includes a start in all three January games. She made double-digit saves all three periods (15-11-13) Jan. 10 at fourth-ranked Boston College for a career high total of 39 to surpass her previous season high of 30 (Oct. 15 at BC) and previous benchmark of 37 (Nov. 28, 2010 vs. BC).
    Minton followed that by stopping 39 of 40 shots in a two-game weekend sweep of UConn in which she recorded her first shutout of the season with a 15-save effort at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 13. She then made 24 saves in a 5-1 victory Jan. 14.
    Overall in 10 games (eight starts), Minton is 3-4-1 with a 3.21 GAA and .889 save percentage. In seven Hockey East league games, she is 2-4-1 with a 3.04 GAA and. .898 save percentage.
    Minton received the starting nod Oct. 1 at Niagara and stopped 22 of 24 shots to backbone the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory. It marked her 50th career game (48th start). In her second start, Minton made a 30 saves, including 16 in the third period, in a 5-0 loss at fifth-ranked BC. It marked the fifth time in her career that Minton finished with 30+ saves.
    Minton played five of six periods (plus the overtime session) in a home-and-home series against 10th-ranked Northeastern University. She helped backbone UNH to a 3-3 tie at home against NU on Dec. 3; she played the second, third and overtime periods and stopped 26 of 27 shots. Minton played all three periods of the 5-1 road loss on Dec. 4 in which she made 22 saves and allowed four goals.
    Bradley made a relief appearance three consecutive games spanning Nov. 13-19 prior to making her first career start Nov. 25 against Maine. She made her collegiate debut Nov. 13 at Providence with a relief stint of 28 minutes, 1 second and finished with 18 saves, including 14 in the third period, and allowed two goals.
    In the two-game series at second-ranked Minnesota, Bradley stopped 11 of 14 third-period shots on Nov. 18, then made a career-high 29 saves with 11 stops in the second period and 18 in the third; she allowed three goals in that game.
    Bradley made 18 saves in her first start against Maine (3-0 loss). Her overall numbers include 0-2-0, 5.10 GAA and .861 save percentage in five games (two starts).
    Gilligan has received the starting nod in 14 of 24 games. She made 21 saves in her Sept. 30 collegiate debut, a 6-4 victory at Niagara. In her next start, Gilligan stopped 19 shots to record her first career shutout in a 3-0 win against Colgate on Oct. 7. She made 24 saves to backbone UNH to a 1-1 tie against fifth-ranked Boston College at the Whittemore Center (Oct. 14) and then stopped a season-high 28 shots in the 2-2 tie at St. Lawrence (Oct. 21). Gilligan matched that personal best of 28 saves in a 5-2 loss at fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12).
    In the two-game series at second-ranked Minnesota (Nov. 18-19), she started both games and played a total of three periods. In the opener, Gilligan made 27 saves and surrendered eight goals in 40 minutes. One day later, she made 17 first-period saves and exited the game with UNH trailing 3-0 at the first intermission.
    Gilligan's season numbers include a 5-7-2 record, 3.20 GAA, .872 save percentage and one shutout.

Facing Off
    In the faceoff circle, Nicole Gifford leads the team in both wins (253) and total faceoffs (475). Arielle O'Neill ranks second in both of those stats with 227 faceoff wins in 355 draws; of the three primary centers, O'Neill has the top winning percentage (.639); she had a particularly impressive game in the faceoff circle against Maine on Nov. 25, when she won 19 of 23 draws; O'Neill also controlled 9 of 11 faceoffs Nov. 29 against Union. In three games last week (at BC, two vs. UConn), O'Neill won 36 of 55 faceoffs (65.5%).

OT IS OK
    New Hampshire remained unbeaten in overtime this season with its 3-3 tie against 10th-ranked Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 3. The Wildcats are now 2-0-3 in OT this season. Dating back to last year, the 'Cats are unbeaten in their last nine overtime games (4-0-5). UNH's last overtime loss was Oct. 9, 2010 (1-0 at Colgate).

Immediate Impact
    Three members of the freshman class have skated in all 22 games, while others have skated in 22, 21 and 20 games. Freshman goaltender Jenn Gilligan has seen action in 15 games (14 starts) and Moe Bradley has played in five games (two starts).
    Jenna Lascelle is the rookie leader in goals (seven), assists (five) and points (12). With those numbers, she is fourth overall in goals and points, and Lascelle leads the team in shooting percentage (.184). She has tallied six points (5g, 1a) the past four games and that includes her first career multiple-goal game, a hat trick vs. Dartmouth on Dec. 11.
    Heather Kashman (5g, 3a) and Kayla Mork (2g, 5a) are the other top rookie point producers. Kashman opened her career with a point in three consecutive games (2g, 1a), whereas Mork has recorded four of her seven points the past four games; she has tallied one goal and three assists during this span with a personal-best two assists vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 11) and 1g, 1a against UConn (Jan. 14).
    Caroline Broderick displayed her versatility the opening week of January, when she skated as a defenseman Jan. 10 at fourth-ranked Boston College and as the third-line center for the two-game series vs. UConn (Jan. 13-14). She had three blocked shots at BC and then tallied a point both games of the UConn series with an assist on the only goal of the Jan. 13 win and a goal in the Jan. 14 victory (5-1 score). Broderick opened the season on the blue line and was transitioned to forward Nov. 19 at Minnesota and remained there until Jan. 10 (a span of seven games). Her season split is nine games at forward (1g, 1a) and 14 games as a D (1g).
    Brynja Bogan (1g, 1a) has logged innumerable minutes on the blue line as a defenseman. Jess Ryan has patrolled the blue line and skated as a forward. Ryan was a winger the last six games of the 2011 calendar year before returning to D in the first game of 2012 (Jan. 10 at BC) and she remained on the blue line for last weekend's two-game series vs. UConn.

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 (1)            4   (8%)      5   (6%)       9   (7%)
Junior (6)           18 (34%)     32 (42%)     50 (38%)
Sophomore (5)    14 (26%)    25 (32%)     39 (30%)
Freshman (7)      17 (32%)    15 (19%)     32 (25%)

O, Canada
    Ten of 22 student-athletes on the 2011 UNH women's ice hockey roster hail from Canada. Hannah Armstrong, Kailey Chappell, Bryanna Farris, Nicole Gifford, Paige Goloubef, Jenna Lascelle, Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill are from Ontario, Jenn Gilligan hails from British Columbia and Heather Kashman is matriculating from Alberta.
    These players account for 32 of the team's 53 goals (60.4%), 48 of 77 assists (62.3%) and 80 of 130 points (61.5%), as well as 54.0% of the minutes in goal.

On The Airwaves
    A total of eight UNH women's ice hockey games will be broadcast live on The Wildcat Sports Radio Network, which consists of WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth), WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro), WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua).
    It begins with the home opener Oct. 7 vs. Colgate and concludes with the final regular-season home game Feb. 12 against Providence.
    Here is the schedule of games (listed time is start of broadcast):
  Oct. 7 vs. Colgate (3-0 win)
  Nov. 3 vs. Vermont (4-1 loss)
  Nov. 26 vs. Princeton (3-1 win)
  Nov. 29 vs. Union (3-2 win, OT)
  Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth (8-5 loss)
  Jan. 13 vs. UConn (1-0 win)
  Feb. 4 vs. Boston U., 1:55 pm
  Feb. 12 vs. Providence, 1:55 pm

'Cats on TV
    New Hampshire will have two of its home games broadcast live on WBIN-TV. You can catch the 'Cats on the tube Nov. 26 against Princeton as well as Jan. 28 against Vermont.

200 Wins at The Whitt
    New Hampshire recorded its 200th victory at the Whittemore Center with a 4-2 victory Jan. 30, 2011 against Maine. Since the Whitt opened in the 1995-96 season, the UNH women's ice hockey team has a 204-48-26 home record, which calculates to a .781 winning percentage.

Scouting the Terriers
    Boston University enters Thursday night's game at UNH with an 11-11-1 overall record that includes 6-6-0 in Hockey East and 4-7-1 in road games (3-3-0 in Hockey East road games). The Terriers were swept at home by Maine last weekend (3-2 and 5-2) and have a 2-7-0 record since Thanksgiving.
    BU is led offensively by Jenn Wakefield (11g, 16a), Kayla Tutino (12g, 7a) and Isabel Menard (9g, 9a).
    Kerrin Sperry has started 20 of 23 games this season and has an 8-11-1 record with a 2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage. In 11 Hockey East league games, Sperry is 5-6-0 with a 2.48 GAA and .918 save percentage.
    BU has been outscored in both the first (18-12) and second (22-19) periods; the Terriers have the 25-24 scoring edge in the third period. That trend includes Hockey East, where the opposition has outscored BU 9-7 in the first period and 10-6 in the second, but Boston U. has the 16-11 third-period advantage.

Scouting the Huskies
    Northeastern University, ranked No. 7 in this week's national poll, plays Tuesday at Boston College before playing host to UNH. The Huskies enter the week with a 15-5-1 overall record that includes 9-2-1 in Hockey East and 9-2-0 at home (4-1-0 in Hockey East home games).
    Freshman forward Kendall Coyne leads the team in goals (17) and points (30). Casey Pickett has a team-high 17 assists and is second in both goals (11) and points (28). Brittany Esposito is the next top point producer with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points.
    Senior goaltender Florence Schelling has started 18 of 21 games and is 13-4-1 with a 1.61 GAA, .942 save percentage and five shutouts. In 12 Hockey East league games, Schelling is 9-2-1 with a 1.49 GAA, .949 save percentage and three shutouts.
    NU has been a strong frontrunner this season. The Huskies are 12-2-1 when taking a 1-0 lead, 10-1-1 when leading at the end of one period and 13-0-0 when leading at the second intermission. They have surrendered just eight first-period goals in 21 games.

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