Game Notes: Women's Hockey Plays Host to Providence For Weekend Series; Senior Day is Feb. 12
COMPLETE GAME NOTES
The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team plays host to Providence College for a two-game series this weekend to conclude the home portion of the Wildcats' 2012 home schedule. The teams face off Feb. 11 and Senior Day is Feb. 12. Both games begin at 2 p.m.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on The Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
One of the oldest rivalries in women's college hockey is renewed this weekend when New Hampshire and Providence face off for the 131st time on Saturday. UNH has a 73-45-12 lifetime record, including a 6-2 road loss back in November, against PC. The Friars are 6-1-0 in the series since UNH prevailed in the 2009 Hockey East semifinal.
UNH has a 36-10-7 home record against Providence and that includes 17-4-4 at the Whittemore Center, but PC has been the victor each of its last three trips to Durham. Prior to the December 2009 win, UNH had a 19-game home unbeaten streak of 15-0-4 that dated back to January 1997.
In this year's previous meeting (Nov. 13), Providence scored three times in the opening three minutes of the game to quickly build a 3-0 lead en route to the 6-2 victory. The Friars extended the advantage to 5-0 before UNH scored with 6:03 remaining in the second period.
Arielle O'Neill and Kristina Lavoie netted UNH's goals. Lindsey Minton was pulled at 11:59 of the second period with the 'Cats trailing 4-0 and 12 saves to her credit. Moe Bradley made her collegiate debut with a relief stint of 28:01 in which she stopped 18 of 20 shots, including 14 of 15 in the third period.
PC was led offensively by Laura Veharanta (one goal, two assists), Ashley Cottrell (1g, 1a), Jessica Vella (1g, 1a) and Jessica Cohen (2a). Genevieve Lacasse made 20 saves – 10 in the first period.
Nine of PC's 36 shots were recorded on six power-plays, but the Friars did not score a power-play goal. UNH went 0-for-3 on the power play (with seven shots).
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire has a 10-17-3 overall record that includes 4-11-2 in Hockey East and 7-5-2 at home (4-3-2 in Hockey East home games).
UNH's four-game home win streak ended Feb. 4 with a 5-1 loss to Boston University, then lost its 10th consecutive road game, 6-3, at UConn on Feb. 5.
The Wildcats have lost three consecutive games and are 1-4-0 in the last five games.
UNH has had the same starting lineup eight consecutive games with Nicole Gifford centering Kristina Lavoie and Jenna Lascelle, Kristine Horn and Kailey Chappell on defense and Lindsey Minton in goal.
The Wildcats were not whistled for a penalty Feb. 5 at UConn; the last time the 'Cats did not commit a penalty in a game was Oct. 21, 2007 vs. Boston University.
New Hampshire went 4-3-0 in January. The Wildcats averaged 2.43 goals per game on 24.9 shots per game while surrendering 2.71 goals per game and 29.9 shots per game.
UNH is one of four Division I teams that has not scored a shorthanded goal this season (34 teams overall).
Kristina Lavoie has recorded 13 points in the 2012 calendar year (nine games). She has six goals and seven assists and has tallied a point in six of nine games with five multiple-point efforts (including one hat trick, a two-goal game, a three-assist game and a two-assist game).
Jenna Lascelle has recorded two assists in three of the last six games and a total of eight points (one goal, seven assists) in that span. She has 14 points (6g, 8a) the past 10 games.
Nicole Gifford has recorded a point five of the last seven games. She has two goals and five assists for seven points during this seven game stretch.
Katie Kleinendorst recorded her second assist of the season (and of her career) on Bryanna Farris' second goal of the season at UConn on Feb. 5.
Developing The Playoff Picture
With two weeks left in the regular season, five teams have secured a berth in the six-team field of the Women's Hockey East Championship tournament. UNH enters the weekend sixth in the standings, one point ahead of UConn and two points in front of Vermont. The Wildcats hold the tiebreaker advantage against UConn, but not UVM.
Both of the teams chasing New Hampshire have two remaining games against both Boston College and Boston University. UNH concludes the season next weekend with two games at Maine.
Wildcats in the Nation
Here is how UNH stacks up against Providence College in the national statistics (34 teams; through Feb. 9):
Offense (gpg) 23 (2.20) 19 (2.67)
Defense (gpg) 31 (3.70) 18 (2.40)
PP (%) 16 (.174) 33 (.071)
PK (%) 12 (.852) 15 (.848)
What Just Happened?
UNH was defeated 5-1 at home by Boston University (Feb. 4) and then lost 6-3 at UConn (Feb. 5). In both games, the opposition scored the last four goals of the game.
BU netted three special-teams goals (two power play, one shorthanded) to defeat the Wildcats, who recorded the shot advantage in both the second (11-9) and third (7-4) periods to finish with a 23-22 edge overall. Emma Clark scored UNH's lone goal and Lindsey Minton stopped 17 shots.
New Hampshire skated to a 1-0 lead in the first period at UConn despite being outshot 11-5, then took a 2-0 lead on Kristina Lavoie's second goal of the game early in the second period. The Huskies rallied to tie the score before intermission, then UNH regained the lead, 3-2, on Bryanna Farris' goal early in the third period. UConn pulled even less than two minutes later, however, and struck three times in the last five minutes of the game. Minton finished with 28 saves as the 'Cats were outshot 34-23.
Right at Home
New Hampshire has scored three or more goals seven times in its last nine home games and is 6-2-1 in that span. UNH's four-game home winning streak ended Feb. 4 against Boston University (5-1 loss).
Lindsey Minton was unbeaten in her first six home games of the season (4-0-1) before a 5-1 loss to Boston University on Feb. 4. In seven home games, Minton is 4-1-1 with a 2.48 GAA, .901 save percentage and one shutout.
Kristina Lavoie (7g, 6a), Jenna Lascelle (6g, 7a), Kristine Horn (5g, 7a) and Nicole Gifford (4g, 8a) are the top point producers at the Whittemore Center (14 games).
UNH is 3-12-1 on the road this season and has lost 10 consecutive road games dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6, 2011. Six of those 10 games were to nationally-ranked teams, (BU, two vs. Minnesota, two vs. Northeastern, BC) and another was to a team currently in the top 10 (Harvard).
Each of the last two road games (Feb. 5 at UConn; Jan. 29 at Vermont), New Hampshire has led at the end of the first period and been tied at the second intermission. At UConn, the Wildcats led 2-1 and then were tied 2-2 (in a 6-3 loss); one week earlier, UNH led 1-0 and was tied 1-1 (in a 2-1 loss).
UNH struck first in the third period at UConn to mark the first time the 'Cats held a lead on the road in the third period since the opening weekend of the season – Oct. 1 at Niagara.
One For You, One For Me
Nicole Gifford has been equal playmaker and finisher in her career with 15 assists and 16 goals. Kristina Lavoie has 13 goals and 13 assists this season and her career numbers stand at 40 goals, 35 assists.
Wins & Losses
Here is a statistical comparison of UNH's wins (10) and losses (17):
Offense (gpg) 3.7 1.4
Defense (gpg) 1.8 5.1
Shots (per game) 28.6 22.2
Opp. shots/game 21.8 32.2
Power play .257 .136
Penalty kill .918 .797
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, and she has contributed five points –all on assists. Most recently, she tallied an assist in the 4-2 win against UVM (on Jan. 28). Chappell opened the 2012 calendar year by recording her first career multiple-point game with two assists at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. She 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 and tallied her third point of the season with an assist Jan. 28 vs. UVM (a 4-2 victory).
Gifford, with 14 points (7g, 7a) the past 15 games, has climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in assists (14 overall); she is also second in both goals (10) and points (24), is second in shots (86) and is tied for the lead in power-play goals (four).
In the Jan. 28-29 series against Vermont, she factored in three of the team's five goals with two assists (Jan. 28) and a goal (Jan. 29).
Gifford, who recorded an assist each of the first four games, has tallied a point in 17 of 30 games with six multiple-point efforts (including four two-assist performances). 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 16 games played (began Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota); she missed the Jan. 10 game at Boston College.
Overall, the junior is tied for the team lead in assists (14) and ranks third in both goals (eight) and points (22); she is also third in shots (84) and tied for fourth in power-play goals (three).
Horn has recorded a point seven of the last 10 games and in nine of 14 with two goals and 10 assists in those 14 games. She matched her personal best of two assists vs. UVM on Jan. 28 at the Whittemore Center. 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.
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 16 of 26 games with five multiple-point efforts, including 1g, 1a against both Niagara (Oct. 1) and fifth-ranked Boston U. (Nov. 12).
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 atop the leaderboard in goals (13) and points (26), as well as shots (95); she is also tied for the lead in power-play goals (four) and is second in game-winning goals (two) as well as third in assists (13 – one off the co-leaders).
Lavoie was red-hot in January with 11 points (4g, 7a) in seven games, and she was twice named the Athletic Republic Player of the Week in January by Hockey East. She recorded her first career hat trick and matched her personal best of three points in a 4-2 win against Vermont (Jan. 28), then tallied an assist on the team's lone goal at UVM.
Lavoie continued her scoring touch in February with a two-goal effort at UConn (Feb. 5).
She has recorded a point 10 of the last 14 games with six multiple-point efforts and a total of 18 points (9g, 9a) in that span. She tallied five assists spanning two games with a career-high three vs. UConn (Jan. 14) and two against Boston University (Jan. 19); the three points vs. UConn matched her personal best.
Overall, Lavoie has a point in 17 of 30 games with seven 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 weekend with 38 goals and 35 assists for 73 points to lead all active players in both goals and points (and rank second in assists – one less than Kristine Horn's 36).
Entering the weekend, Arielle O'Neill has nine points on one goal and eight assists, which ranks fifth 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 12 games and that included a start in all seven January games (11 consecutive starts overall). She had a particularly strong start to the 2012 calendar year with a 3-1-0 record, 1.75 GAA, .938 save percentage and one shutout spanning Jan. 10-19.
Minton 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.
In the home-and-home series against Vermont (Jan. 28-29), Minton stopped 49 of 53 shots for a .925 save percentage and 2.00 GAA; she recorded 30 saves, including 14 in the second period, in the 2-1 road loss.
Overall in 16 games (14 starts), Minton is 5-8-1 with a 3.56 GAA and .880 save percentage. In 13 Hockey East league games, she is 4-8-1 with a 3.52 GAA and. .883 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 30 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.
Senior forward Emma Clark was a consistent producer for the 'Cats in December in January. She tallied a point in five of 11 games with a total of six points (2g, 4a). She recorded a three-game point-scoring streak from Jan. 13-19 with two goals (both game-winners) and an assist. Clark opened the month of December with a career-high two assists – the two points matched a personal best – against Northeastern.
Last weekend (Feb. 4) at the Whittemore Center, she netted the team's only goal in a 5-1 loss to Boston University.
In 30 games, Clark has tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists – her previous three-year totals were three goals and six assists for nine points (92 games). She leads all Wildcats in both game-winning goals (three) and shooting percentage (.176); she also ranks fifth in points.
In the faceoff circle, Nicole Gifford leads the team in both wins (329) and total faceoffs (616); last weekend, she won 29 of 44 draws (65.9%). Arielle O'Neill ranks second in both of those stats with 288 faceoff wins in 464 draws; of the three primary centers, O'Neill has the top winning percentage (62.1%); 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 four games spanning Jan. 10-19, O'Neill won 49 of 73 faceoffs (67.1%).
Three members of the freshman class have skated in all 30 games, while others have skated in 29, 28 and 27 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 (eight), assists (12) and points (20). With those numbers, she is tied for third overall in goals and is fourth in both points and assists. Lascelle ranks third in shooting percentage (.167). She has tallied 14 points (6g, 8a) the past 10 games and that includes her first career multiple-goal game, a hat trick vs. Dartmouth on Dec. 11, and a three-point effort (1g, career-high two assists) against Boston University on Jan. 19; she also has had a two-assist game each of the past two weekends (Feb. 5 at UConn; Jan. 28 vs. Vermont).
Heather Kashman (7g, 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) and has netted a goal two of the past six games, whereas Mork has recorded four of her seven points the past 10 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's three-game point-scoring streak (1g, 2a) came to an end Jan. 21 at Northeastern. She 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 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 15 games at forward (1g, 3a) 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 was on the blue line all seven January games.
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) 6 (9%) 5 (5%) 11 (7%)
Junior (6) 24 (36%) 42 (42%) 66 (40%)
Sophomore (5) 16 (24%) 30 (30%) 46 (28%)
Freshman (7) 20 (30%) 24 (24%) 44 (26%)
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 43 of the team's 66 goals (65.2%), 64 of 101 assists (63.4%) and 107 of 167 points (64.1%), as well as 43.3% 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. (5-1 loss)
Feb. 12 vs. Providence, 1:55 pm
'Cats on TV
New Hampshire had two of its home games broadcast live on WBIN-TV. The 'Cats defeated Princeton, 3-1, on Nov. 26 behind a hat trick from Nicole Gifford. Another hat trick, this time from Kristina Lavoie, propelled UNH to a 4-2 victory against Vermont (Jan. 28).
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).
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, there was a special Hockey East insert five consecutive home games – spanning Jan. 13 through Feb. 4 – to recall UNH's top 10 Hockey East moments. If you missed it, the 10 highlighted moments (in chronological order) were:
• 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.
• March 4, 2007 – UNH, host of the Hockey East Championship for the first time since the league's inception in 2003, won its second consecutive title as sophomore forward Sam Faber recorded a goal and an assist to propel fourth-ranked and top-seeded UNH to a 3-1 victory against Providence College in the 2007 Hockey East Championship title game at the Whittemore Center before a crowd of 1,301. Sophomore defenseman Bellamy, sophomore forward Sam Faber and freshman forward Kelly Paton were named to the All-Tournament Team. UNH improved to 28-3-5 with its fifth consecutive win and extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games (11-0-2). The NCAA selection show took place later that day, and it was announced that UNH would play host to St. Lawrence in a regional game.
• March 2, 2008 – Second-ranked UNH skated to a 6-1 victory against eighth-ranked UConn in Sunday's regular-season finale at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum to become the first team to complete the Hockey East season unbeaten (20-0-1) and improve to 30-3-1 overall by extending its winning streak to 10 games and unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1). UNH had already won its fifth consecutive league regular-season title earlier in the season. In 21 Hockey East league games, UNH dominated the opposition in outscoring them 99-15 with an 832-293 shot advantage. The Wildcats scored on 28 of 86 power plays (32.6%) and was 89 of 91 on the penalty kill (97.8%). New Hampshire broke six team Hockey East records (league regular-season games only) and tied two others in the 2008 season. The Wildcats broke their own marks for best winning percentage (.976), most wins (20), fewest losses (zero), lowest GAA (0.71) and best penalty kill (.978). They tied the previous year's UNH benchmark for road wins with 10 and also tied the mark for fewest goals allowed (15). The only result standing between the 'Cats and a perfect league mark was a 1-1 tie against Providence College on Jan. 19 at the Whittemore Center.
• March 9, 2008 – Junior forward Sam Faber scored the game's only goal and freshman goaltender Kayley Herman stopped all 17 shots she faced for her ninth shutout of the season to propel second-ranked and top-seeded UNH to its third consecutive Women's Hockey East Championship title with a 1-0 victory against Providence College at UConn's Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. UNH won its 12th consecutive game to extend its unbeaten streak to 18 games (17-0-1) and improve to 32-3-1 overall. Faber earned the Tournament MVP award for her three-goal weekend. She and Herman were joined on the All-Tournament Team by junior defenseman Maggie Joyce and freshman forward Jenn Wakefield. Herman did not allow a goal in the tourney as she blanked Boston University with a 14-save effort in Saturday's semifinal. With its third consecutive tourney title, the Wildcats earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship and it was announced that Sunday evening that the 'Cats were the No. 3 seed and would play host to St. Lawrence University in a quarterfinal game.
• October 15, 2008 – Sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield and senior forward Sam Faber scored third-period goals 21 seconds apart to erase a two-goal deficit and lift the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to a 3-3 tie at 10th-ranked UConn at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Wildcats moved to 2-0-2 overall and 0-0-2 in Hockey East with the tie, which extended their Hockey East regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 games (35-0-5). Including postseason play, UNH is unbeaten in 46 consecutive games (41-0-5) against Hockey East teams. The last league team to defeat New Hampshire was Boston College, 7-2 at Conte Forum on Nov. 2, 2006.
Here is a breakdown of UNH's 40-game unbeaten streak:
BC BU UConn Maine
Home 2-0-1 2-0-0 2-0-1 3-0-0
Away 2-0-0 3-0-0 3-0-1 2-0-0
Total 4-0-1 5-0-0 5-0-2 5-0-0
NU PC UVM Total
Home 3-0-0 1-0-2 3-0-0 16-0-4
Away 3-0-0 3-0-0 3-0-0 19-0-1
Total 6-0-0 4-0-2 6-0-0 35-0-5
• March 8, 2009 – Led by Tournament MVP Kacey Bellamy and All-Tournament Team selections Courtney Birchard (sophomore defenseman), Micaela Long (junior forward) and Kelly Paton (junior forward), the fifth-ranked UNH women's ice hockey team captured the 2009 Women's Hockey East Championship Tournament title Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory against sixth-ranked Boston College at the Whittemore Center. UNH, the tourney's top seed, extended its winning streak to 15 games and its home unbeaten streak to 30 games (26-0-4) to win its fourth consecutive league tournament title and improve to 24-5-5 overall this season. UNH is 64-0-9 vs. Hockey East teams at the Whittemore Center since the inception of the league in the 2003 season. Later that day, it was announced that UNH would play host to fourth-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth in an NCAA quarterfinal game at the Whittemore Center. It was the Wildcats fourth consecutive NCAA appearance, and they were regional hosts all four years.
• January 8, 2010 – Freshman forward Kristina Lavoie broke a 3-3 tie with 5:30 remaining and netted an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game to lift No. 4 UNH to Friday's 5-3 victory against No. 9 Northeastern in the opening game of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader at Fenway Park. It marked the first outdoor game in women's college hockey. UNH, which had been idle since its 4-1 win Dec. 12 at Dartmouth College, won its third consecutive game – and 26th straight in the series vs. the Huskies – to improve to 13-2-4 overall and 7-1-1-0 in Hockey East. Lavoie was one of three Wildcats with multiple points against the top-ranked defensive team in the nation. Junior defenseman Courtney Birchard set up the last three goals of the game to finish with a career-high three assists and senior forward Micaela Long tallied a goal and an assist. UNH junior goaltender Kayley Herman entered the game at the start of the second period and earned the victory –the 50th of her career – by stopping 12 of 13 shots in the last 40 minutes. UNH pulled within 2-1 in the first period when sophomore forward Sarah Cuthbert kicked the puck out of the right corner to the circle, where senior forward Shannon Sisk one-timed a shot inside the right post to complete a play that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays.
Scouting the Friars
Providence College enters the weekend with a 12-15-3 overall record that includes 9-7-1 in Hockey East and 5-6-2 on the road (4-4-0 in Hockey East road games).
PC carries a three-game winning streak into Durham following last weekend's 6-2 win at fourth-ranked Boston College; the Friars ended January with a home-and-home series sweep of UConn (2-0 at home; 5-2 on the road). Prior to this win streak, PC went 1-7-0 in an eight-game stretch spanning Dec. 4 to Jan. 22.
Abby Gauthier is the team's top playmaker with 18 assists and she has a team-high 25 points. Ashley Cottrell leads the team in goals (13) and is second in points (24). Corinne Buie has also recorded double digits in both goals (10) and assists (12) and Laura Veharanta (8g, 13a) has also topped 20 points.
Genevieve Lacasse is the top netminder. In 24 games (all starts), she is 9-14-1 with a 2.22 GAA, .926 save percentage and five shutouts.
PC has outscored the opposition in both the first (28-22) and third (30-24) periods, but the opponents have a 25-22 scoring edge in the second stanza.
Eleven of the team's 30 games have been decided by one goal, and the Friars have a 2-9 record, including one overtime loss, in those games.