DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will travel to the University of Maine on Saturday for a single-game at 12 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team travels to the University of Maine for the first contest of the season between the two sides. The Wildcats hold a 34-6-3 advantage in the all-time series and have outscored the Black Bears by a margin of 179-53 through the 43 games. Maine has emerged victorious in the last three games (11/25/11 - 3-0; 02/18/12, 4-3 ot; 02/19/12 - 2-1).
The State of New Hampshire.
The Wildcats look to improve on their recent success after upsetting fifth-ranked Boston University Friday (4-2) and after playing to a 2-2 draw at conference leader Providence on Sunday.
New Hampshire is led by Kristina Lavoie who comes in with three goals and a team-leading seven assists for 10 points. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Freshman Alexis Crossley has lit the lamp five times to lead the squad and has dished out two assists for seven points. She leads the team with three power play goals. Sara Carlson and Kristine Horn also have seven points on the season. Carlson has four goals and three assists while Horn has two goals and five assists. Jessica Hitchcock splits her six points with three goals and three assists while Jonna Curtis comes in with a pair of goals and four assists.
Hannah Armstrong has tallied three goals and two assists while Arielle O'Neill has two goals and two assists for four points. Megan Armstrong notched her first career points in the last two games with a pair of assists against Boston University and a power play goal at Providence. Kailey Chappell and Jess Ryan each have three assists for three points while Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp twice. Nicole Gifford and Jenna Lascelle has dished out two assists while Lauren Kirwan, Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock each have one point. Kirwan has a goal while Broderick and Brock each have one assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen the majority of time between the pipes for the 'Cats, tallying a record of 3-6-0. She has a goals against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of .895. Marie-Eve Jean has seen action in two games for a record of 0-1-1. She has a goals against average of 1.92 and a save percentage of .938 after saving four of 64 shots. Jenn Gilligan got a win in her first game of the season when she posted 24 saves on 26 shots against a high-powered BU offense on Friday. Moe Bradley has seen action in one period of play and made eight saves on nine shots.
Scouting the Black Bears
The University of Maine comes into the game with an overall record of 2-7-1 and a conference mark of 1-5-0. They are led by senior forward Brittany Dougherty, who has tallied four goals and seven assists for 11 points. She has a shorthanded goal and a game winner. Audra Richards leads the team in goals (5), adding one assist for six points. Three of her goals have come on the power play. Katy Massey has a pair of goals and three assists for five points while Tori Pasquariello has three goals for three points. Brianne Kilgour has a pair of goals and a helper for three points while Chloe Tinkler and Jennifer More have each lit the lamp once and dished out two assists. Missy Denk has three points on a trio of helpers. Kelsey MacSorley and Abby Cook each have one goal for one point while Megan Menotti, Brooklyn Langlois and Jessica Hall each have one assist.
Megan Treacy has seen six games in net for the Black Bears, registering an 0-4-0 record with a goals against average of 3.89 and a save percentage of .894. Brittany Ott has played five games in net and has racked up a 2-2-1 record. She has tallied a 2.54 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Kylie Smith has played just over a period in net and has made nine saves on 12 shots faced. Her record sits at 0-1-0.
Maine is coached by Maria Lewis who is in her third year at the helm of the Black Bears. In her three years with the program, she has a record of 31-35-12. She is assisted by Richard Reichenbach, Tyler Bilton and Sara Simard.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 32 of New Hampshire's 70 points thus far. Alexis Crossley has tallied five goals and two assists while Sara Carlson has four goals and three helpers for seven points each. Jessica Hitchcock and Jonna Curtis have matching totals of six points; Hitchcock with three goals and three assists and Curtis with a pair of goals and four assists. Megan Armstrong has three points on
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied eight power play goals through their 12 games played. The team started the season with a power play tally in each of the first five games. Alexis Crossley is tops in the category with three power play goals. Kristina Lavoie, Sara Carlson, Jonna Curtis, Arielle O'Neill and Hannah Armstrong each have one ppg.
HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE!
The Wildcats are a team made up of student-athletes from around the world. In the geographic breakdown, 14 'Cats hail from Canada while 13 are from the United States. The remaining two players hail from Sweden and Finland, respectively.
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (48) and points (92) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 45 and second in the points category with 68.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (112). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 111 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 104.
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.).