DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will split a pair of games against ninth-ranked Northeastern, starting Saturday at home (2 p.m.) and concluding Sunday at Northeastern (2 p.m.). Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats come into the game after a 1-2-0 week, tallying a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac and falling in a pair of games to top-ranked Minnesota.
Kristina Lavoie comes into the game as the leader in assists (7) and in points (11) adding four goals to her totals. She has a power play tally and a game winner. Je ssica Hitchcock leads the Wildcats in goals (6) and has four assists for 10 points. She has a pair of power play goals and game-winners. Alexis Crossley has nine points on five goals and four assists while Kristine Horn has the same total with three goals and six helpers. Sara Carlson splits her eight points with four goals and four assists while Hannah Armstsrong has a trio of goals and assists for six points as well. Rookie classmates Jonna Curtis and Megan Armstrong have matching tallies of two goals and four assists for six points while Nicole Gifford is right behind them with five points on a goal and four assists.
Arielle O'Neill has four points on two goals and two helpers and has tallied the lone shorthanded goal of the season for the Wildcats. Kailey Chappell has dished out four assists on the year while Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp three times. Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have three points on three assists while Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock have two points on a pair of assists each. Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have each lit the lamp once while Kayla Mork has tallied one assist.
Freshman netminder Vilma Vaattovaara has seen the most action in net for New Hampshire, playing in 10 games and making eight starts. Her record stands at 3-7-0 with a goals against average of 3.37 and a save percentage of .888. Jenn Gilligan has started all four games she has appeared in, tallying a record of 3-0-0. The sophomore has a goals against average of 2.27 and a save percentage .918. Marie-Eve Jean has seen the ice in three games, making a pair of starts. She has a record of 0-1-1, a goals against average of 3.34 and a save percentage of .897. Moe Bradley made her second start in New Hampshire's last game and made a career-high 39 saves in the game. She has a record of 0-1-0 with a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .904.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Northeastern is coming off a 3-1 loss in its most recent contest to Harvard. The Huskies are lead by sophomore Kendall Coyne who comes into the game with 12 goals and a team leading 13 assists for 25 points. She has five power play goals, one shorthanded tally and three game winners. Casey Pickett also has 12 goals and adds seven assists for 19 points on the year. She has a pair of power play tallies, one shorthanded goal and a game winner. Rachel Llanes has lit the lamp six times and dished out 12 assists for 18 points, four of which are power play goals. Katie MacSorley has scored four times and dished out eight assists for 12 points while Kelly Wallace and Brittany Esposito each have seven points. Wallace has five goals and two assists while Esposito has one goal and six assists.
Paige Savage splits her six points on three goals and three assists while Maggie DiMasi and Ann Doherty have each dished out five assists while Claire Santostefano, Tori Hickel and Colleen Murphy all have four points. Santostefano has three goals and one assist, Hickel has a pair of goals and assists and Murphy has one goal and three helpers. Maggie Brennolt has a trio of helpers for three points as Chelsiea Goll and Jordan Hampton each have a goal and an assist. Leanne Gallant and Lucie Povova have matching point totals of two assists while netminder Chloe Desjardins has an assist.
Desjardins has started all 14 games she has appeared in, tallying a record of 8-4-2 with three shutouts. She has a goals against average of 2.23 and a save percentage of .923. Kelsey O'Sullivan has seen just under two periods of ice time in the two games she has played. She has allowed one goal on 18 shots for a goals against average of 1.52 and a save percentage of .944.
At the helm of the Huskies is Dave Flint. Flint is in his fifth season with Northeastern (75-53-24) and his ninth overall as a head coach (163-68-26. He is assisted by associate head coach Linda Lundrigan and assistant coach Jeff Pellegrini.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 44 of New Hampshire's 94 points thus far. Junior Jessica Hitchcock has lit the lamp six times and dished out four assists for 10 points while Alexis Crossley has five goals and four assists for nine points. Sara Carlson splits her eight points with four goals and four assists while Megan Armstrong and Jonna Curtis each have six points on a pair of goals and four assists. Brittney Redlick has scored three goals as Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have each lit the lamp once.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied 12 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 and Jessica Hitchcock are 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 (116). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 115 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 108.
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.).
UNH records 700th win
UNH, now in its 36th year at the varsity level, is the winningest women's college hockey program in the United States with an overall record of 717-223-70 for a .745 winning percentage. The Wildcats attained the most recent century milestone Feb. 3, 2011 with a 4-2 road victory against third-ranked Boston University.
In 34 years, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1998; AWCHA), four Hockey East tournament championships, six Hockey East regular-season titles, five ECAC tournament championships and four EAIAW championships. UNH made five consecutive NCAA tourney appearances (2006-10) with two trips to the Frozen Four in that span.
Here is a time line for each century mark:
Mark Date Opponent Result Game # Record
1st win 12/03/77 Colby 8-4 1 1-0-0
100 02/02/83 at Dartmouth 7-1 103 100-1-2
200 01/15/89 St. Lawrence 5-2 227 200-20-7
300 11/27/94 vs. Providence 5-2 371 300-55-16
400 11/21/98 at Yale 9-2 506 400-80-26
500 02/02/03 Providence 4-1 668 500-131-37
600 01/13/07 Maine 3-1 806 600-155-51
700 02/03/11at Boston U. 4-2 953 700-189-64