DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will face Quinnipiac University for one game Tuesday at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will available on www.UNHWildcats.com while audio of the game will be available on the The Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team (5-7-1, 3-2-1 WHEA) hosts Quinnipiac University (7-5-2, 4-3-1 ECAC) for one game. The last time the two sides met (Feb. 2, 2011) the squads played to a 1-1 tie at Quinnipiac.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire comes into the contest unbeaten in its last three games (2-0-1). In the most recent game, the Wildcatst topped the University of Maine, 2-1. Megan Armstrong and Brittney Redlick each tallied a goal in the game.
Leading UNH on the attack is Kristina Lavoie. Through the first 13 games she has tallied three goals and seven assists for 10 points. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Sara Carlson splits her eight points with four goals and four assists and has a power play goal. Alexis Crossley and Kristine have each notched seven points; Crossley with five goals and two assists and Horn with two goals and five assists. Jessica Hitchcock has lit the lamp three times and has three assists for six points as Jonna Curtis has the same amount of points on two goals and four assists. Hannah Armstrong scored three times and assisted on two goals for five points. Arielle O'Neill and Megan Armstrong have equal tallies with two goals and assists for four points. Armstrong has a pair of power play goals while O'Neill has a power play tally and a shorthanded goal.
Senior captain Kailey Chappell has dished out four assists for four points while Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp three times. Nicole Gifford, Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have three assists for three points while Lauren Kirwan has one goal. Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock have notched one assist to round out the scoring.
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 has tallied a pair of wins on the season in her only two games. She has played 120:00 and has tallied a goals against average of 1.50 and a save percentage of .939.
Scouting the Bobcats
Quinnipiac comes to New Hampshire with an overall record of 7-5-2, including a 6-4 victory over St. Lawrence in its last game.
Leading the Bobcats is Kelly Babstock who comes into the game with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. She has three power play goals and a pair of game winners. Nicole Kosta has lit the lamp seven times and dished out 16 assists for 23 points while Regan Boulton has a pair of goals and 11 helpers for 13 points. Erica Uden Johansson has nine points on five goals and four assists as Brittany Lyons and Nicole Connery each have five goals and three assists. Johansson and Lyons both have four power play goals. Nicole Brown splits her six points with three goals and three assists while Breann Frykas has a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
Leading the way in net for Quinnipiac is Victoria Vigilanti. She comes in starting all 10 games she appeared in, racking up a 6-3-1 record. She has a .894 save percentage and a 2.58 goals against average. Chelsea Laden has played the other four games and has a record of 1-2-1. She has recorded a goals against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .893.
The Bobcats are coached by Rick Seeley who has spent 13 years as a head coach and five with Quinnipiac. His overall coaching record stands at 217-152-42 while his record at QU is 70-69-20. He is joined on the bench by associate head coach Cassandra Turner and by assistant coach Paul Nemetz-Carlson.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 35 of New Hampshire's 76 points thus far. Sara Carlson has notched eight points on four goals and four assists while Alexis Crossley has five goals and two assists for seven points. Jonna Curtis has lit the lamp twice and dished out four assists while Megan Armstrong splits her four points with two goals and two assists. Brittney Redlick has notched three goals and Lauren Kirwan has one goal.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied nine power play goals through their 13 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 with Megan Armstrong close behind with two. Kristina Lavoie, Sara Carlson, Jonna Curtis and Arielle O'Neill 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 (113). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 112 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 105.
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.).