Women's Hockey Set to Take on Dartmouth Tuesday (7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will travel to Dartmouth Tuesday for the lone game of the series between the two sides this season. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
The University of New Hampshire travels (3-6-0, 1-2-0 WHEA) to Dartmouth College (3-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) for the lone game of the year between the two sides. New Hampshire holds a 34-13-4 record in the all-time series since the first game in 1978 (UNH win, 8-3).
The last time the two sides met, a total of 13 goals were scored in the high-offense contest. Jenna Lascelle gave the Wildcats the lead at the 4:10 mark of the first period, scoring her first of three goals on the night. Dartmouth responded with a pair of power play goals until Kristine Horn and Lascelle regained the lead for New Hampshire. Dartmouth took a 4-3 lead with a pair of late goals in the first period. Lascelle netted her first-career hat trick in the second period on a penalty shot at 4:38 in the second period, tying the game at 4-4. The Big Green took a 5-4 lead just under four minutes later and expanded their lead in the third period. Kristina Lavoie notched the fifth goal of the game for UNH at 14:29, however Dartmouth pulled away with two more goals, finalizing the score at 8-5.
The State of New Hampshire
Kristina Lavoie comes into the game with three goals and five helpers for eight points. She has one power play goal and a game winner. Rookie Sara Carlson has four goals and a pair of assists for six points while Jonna Curtis and Kristine Horn each have two goals and four assists for a matching point total. Freshman Alexis Crossley has lit the lamp four times from the blueline and has assisted on a goal for five points. Three of her goals have been on power plays. Jessica Hitchcock has a pair of goals and one assist for three points while Jess Ryan has three assists for three points. Arielle O'Neill and Jenna Lascelle each have a pair of assists while Lauren Kirwan, Brittney Redlick and Hannah Armstrong each have a goal. Caroline Broderick, Katie Brock, Kailey Chappell and Nicole Gifford round out the points, each tallying an assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen eight games in net for New Hampshire, tallying a record of 3-5-0. She has a goals against average of 3.16 and a save percentage of .895. Marie-Eve Jean made her first career start in UNH's last game. New Hampshire was edged by St. Lawrence, 2-1 despite Jean tallying 35 saves on the 37 shots she faced. Moe Bradley has seen a period of action in net, registering eight saves on nine shots faced.
Dartmouth is led by Camille Dumais and Reagan Fischer, each tallying five points on the year. Dumais has notched her points on three goals and two assists while Fischer has a pair of goals and three helpers. Laura Stacey has four points on a team-leading four assists while Lindsey Allen has lit the lamp twice and dished out an assist for three points. Sasha Nanji has scored once and has notched two assists for three points while Karlee Odland has a pair of goals for two points. Morgan Illikainen splits her two points with a goal and an assist while six additional skaters each have one point.
Lindsay Holdcroft has spent 123:49 in net for the Big Green, racking up a 2-0-0 record. She has a 2.42 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. Katie Milligan has spent exactly 120:00 in goal and has a 1-1-0 record with a shutout. She has a 4.00 goals against average and a .846 save percentage.
Mark Hudak is in his 10th season as a head coach, all of which have been with Dartmouth. He has an overall record f 183-90-22 in his time at the helm. Hudak is assisted by associate head coach Holley Tyng and assistant coach Josh Leigl.
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (48) and points (90) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 44 and second in the points category with 67.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (109). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 108 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 101.
On The Airwaves
A total of five UNH women's ice hockey regular-season games will 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. 16 vs. Vermont and concludes on Feb. 17 vs. Providence.
Here is the schedule of games (listed time is start of broadcast):
Oct. 16 vs. Vermont (6:55 p.m.)
Nov. 9 vs. Boston U. (6:55 p.m.)
Nov. 20 vs. Quinnipiac (6:55 p.m.)
Feb. 10 vs. UConn (11:55 a.m.)
Feb. 17 vs. Providence (1:55 p.m.)
'Cats on TV
New Hampshire will have two of its home games aired on the WBIN-TV network. The games include Dec. 8 vs. Harvard (2 p.m.) and Feb. 10 vs. UConn (12 p.m.).
The McCloskey file
Brian McCloskey (Dartmouth '77), who recorded his 200th career victory Dec. 8, 2009 at Boston College (4-0 win), is in his 11th year at the helm of the Wildcats. He is a four-time Hockey East Coach of the Year recipient (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) and was runner-up in both the 2003 and 2006 national Coach of the Year balloting. He has directed UNH to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship five consecutive years (2006-10) with four consecutive Hockey East tournament titles (2006-09) and six straight league regular-season crowns (2004-09). The 'Cats advanced to the Frozen Four in '06 and '08.
A Wildcat was honored as Player of the Year each of the first four years of Hockey East's existence. In addition, the ITECH Goaltending Champion award was presented to a UNH goalie each of the first six years and the Scoring Champion has five times been a Wildcat.
McCloskey has compiled a 235-93-34 overall record, including a 141-44-17 mark in Hockey East, with 20+ wins each of the initial seven seasons.
In his first year (2003) as head coach of the program, he led the 'Cats to a 27-7-2 record, which is now the fifth-best single-season win mark behind those established in 2006 & 2008 (33), 1998 (31) and 2007 (28).
Under his tutelage, five players have received a total of six All-America honors and five have been honored as a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist.
Here's a look at some notable wins:
1st win– Oct. 11, 2002 (4-0 vs. Vermont)
1st Hockey East win– Nov. 2, 2002 (5-1 vs. Maine)
50th win– March 20, 2004 (5-0 vs. Northeastern)
100th win– Feb. 25, 2006 (5-0 vs. Vermont)
150th win– Jan. 5, 2008 (3-1 at Brown)
200th win– Dec. 8, 2009 (4-0 at Boston College)
Coach 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.