DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will host the University of Minnesota for a pair of weekend games on Saturday and Sunday. Puck drop for each contest is 2 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
The State of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire continued its hot-streak with a 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac at home on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The Wildcats are led by senior forward Kristina Lavoie who comes into the weekend with 11 points on four goals and seven assists. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Junior Jessica Hitchcock is close behind with five goals and four assists for nine points. She has one power play tally and a pair of game winners. Kristine Horn also has nine points on the season, combining three goals six assists. Freshmen Alexis Crossley and Sara Carlson have matching totals of eight points, Crossley on five goals and three assists and Carlson with four goals and four assists. Three of Crossley's goals have come on power plays. Hannah Armstrong splits her six points on three goals and three assists while Jonna Curtis has a pair of tallies and four helpers for six points as well. Megan Armstrong has lit the lamp twice and dished out three assists for five points as Nicole Gifford has a goal and four assists for a matching total of five points. Both of Armstrong's goals have come on power plays.
Junior Arielle O'Neill has two goals and two assists for four points and has tallied the lone shorthanded goal for the 'Cats. Senior captain Kailey Chappell has dished out four assists for four points while Brittney Redlick has three goals, one of which is a game winner. Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have a trio of assists while Katie Brock has two. Lauren Kirwan has lit the lamp once as Caroline Broderick has tallied one assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen tbe bulk of the action in net for New Hampshire, making eight starts through nine appearances. She has a record of 3-6-0 with a goals against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of .895. Jenn Gilligan has earned wins in each of her three starts and has been a defensive juggernaut for the Wildcats. She has tallied a goals against average of 1.67 and a save percentage of .938. Marie-Eve Hean has made a pair of starts and has a record of 0-1-1 with a GAA of 1.92 and a save percentage of .938. Moe Bradley has seen a period of action and made saves on eight of the nine shots she faced.
Scouting the Golden Gophers
Minnesota comes into the series having just set the NCAA record for most consecutive wins (22). Leading them on offense is Amanda Kessel who comes into weekend with 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points. She has three power play goals, three shorthanded tallies and a pair of game winners. Freshman Hannah Brandt has notched 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points as well. She has scored five times on power plays and once during shorthanded play. Brandt leads the team with three game-winning goals. Megan Bozek has tallied eight goals and dished out 15 assists for 23 points and leads the squad with six power plau goals. Maryanne Menefee splits her 20 points with 10 goals and 10 assists. Three of her goals have come on the power play advantage.
Kelly Terry has lit the lamp four times and assisted on 11 goals for 15 points while Mira Jalosuo and Rachel Bona have matching tallies of four goals and nine assists. Becky Kortum has 12 points on six goals and six assists while Milica McMillen has 12 points on five goals and seven helpers. Rachel Ramsey has a pair of goals and six assists for eight points as Meghan Lorence has a trio of goals and assists for six points as well. Bethany Brausen has lit the lamp once and assisted on four for five points while Sarah Davis and Baylee Gillanders each have four points. Davis has racked hers up on three goals and one assist and Gillanders on four assists. Brook Garzone has tallied three points with a goal and two assists while Jordyn Burns has a pair of points on a goal and an assist. Samantha Downey, Noora Raty and Lee Stecklein each have an assist.
Senior netminder Raty has made 13 starts with a record of 13-0-0 and six shutouts. She has a goals against average of 0.67 and a save percentage of .967. First year goalie Amanda Leveille has made four appearances on the season including one start. She is 1-0-0 with one shutout and has not allowed a goal on 36 shots faced.
At the helm of Minnesota is head coach Brad Frost. Frost has spent all six years of his head coaching career with the Golden Gophers and has tallied a record of 159-36-16. He is assisted by Joel Johnson, Nadine Muzerall and volunteer assistant coach Andy Kent.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 40 of New Hampshire's 88 points thus far. Alexis Crossley has notched five goals and three assists for eight points while Sara Carlson has four goals and four assists for a matching total. Jonna Curtis has lit the lamp twice and dished out four assists as Megan Armstrong has a pair of goals and three assists for five points. Brittney Redlick has a trio of goals for three points while Lauren Kirwan has one goal.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied 11 power play goals through their 14 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 while Megan Armstrong is close behind with two. Kristina Lavoie, Sara Carlson, Jonna Curtis, Arielle O'Neill, Nicole Gifford and Kristine Horn 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 (49) and points (93) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 46 and second in the points category with 70.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (114). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 113 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 106.
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.).