DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team resumes the conference portion of its schedule as they travel to the University of Connecticut for games Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
Saturday and Sunday's games between New Hampshire and Connecticut will be the 44th and 45th of the all-time series. The Wildcats own a 33-6-4 overall record against the Huskies and are 14-3-2 at Freitas Ice Forum. The 'Cats won the season series in 2011-12 by a margin of 2-1, however UConn took the most recent game between the two sides, 6-3. Senior forward Kristina Lavoie tallied a pair of goals in the effort while Bryanna Farris notched the third.
The State of New Hampshire.
The Wildcats opened up the second half of the season with a 4-2 win over Union College in their last contest. Rookie defender Megan Armstrong tallied a career-high three points in the game with a pair of goals and an assist. Arielle O'Neill and Hannah Armstrong also tallied a goal in the game.
Lavoie leads the way for New Hampshire in assists (10) and points (14) and has scored four goals on the season. She has one power play tally and a game winner. Jessica Hitchcock leads the squad with seven goals and adds six assists for 13 points while Alexis Crossley has netted six goals and dished out seven assists for 13 points as well. Hitchcock has a pair of power play goals and game winners while Crossley has four power play goals and one game winner. Kristine Horn has lit the lamp three times and assisted on seven goals for 10 points. One of her goals came on a power play. Nicole Gifford has netted a pair of goals and dished out eight assists for 10 points. She has two power play goals. Hannah Armstrong and Sara Carlson have matching totals of five goals and four assists for nine points on the season. Armstrong has one power play tally while Carlson has two. Megan Armstrong also has nine points stemming from four goals and five assists. She has three power play tallies and one game winner.
Arielle O'Neill has seven points on four goals and three assists while Kailey Chappell has the same total with seven assists. O'Neill has a power play goal, a shorthanded goal and a game winner. Brittney Redlick has tallied four points on four goals, including one game winner while Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have three points on three assists. Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock have a pair of points on two assists. Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal while Kayla Mork has an assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen most of the action in net for New Hampshire, starting nine of the 11 games she has appeared in. She holds a record of 3-8-0 with a goals against average of 3.84 and a save percentage of .874. Jenn Gilligan has started all eight games she has played in and comes in with a record of 5-1-1. She has tallied a 2.23 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the three games she has played in and has a record of 0-1-1. She has a 3.34 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Moe Bradley has made starts in both games she has played in on the year and has a 0-1-0 record. She has a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .904.
Scouting the Huskies
Connecticut comes into the series having fallen in its last four games. Michela Cava leads the squad in goals (8) and points (14), adding six assists to her total. She has one power play goal, one shorthanded tally and a pair of game winners. Kayla Campero has lit the lamp six times and dished out seven assists for 13 points. Brittany Berisoff has tallied 11 points on five goals and six assists while Kelly Horan has 10 points on three goals and seven assists. Sarah MacDonnell has a trio of goals and six assists for nine points while Casey Knajdek has the same total on one goal and eight assists. Rachel Farrel has tallied five goals and three assists for eight points while Emily Snodgrass has a pair of goals and six helpers for eight points as well.
Caitlin Hewes has seven points on three goals and four assists while Stephanie Raithby splits her six points with three goals and three assists. Leah Buress has six points on a pair of goals and four assists while Maude Blain has one goal and four assists for five points.
Elaine Chuli has started all 15 games she has played in and comes in with a 1-10-2 record. She has a 3.58 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Sarah Moses has started seven of the 10 games she has seen ice time in and holds a 2-7-0 record. She has a 3.95 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. Emily Walsh has seen just under 11:00 in net and has made saves on all six shots faced.
At the helm of the Huskies is Heather Linstad, who is in her 13th year at Connecticut and 21st overall as a head coach. At Connecticut, she has a record of 161-206-53 and an overall record of 322-277-80 in her coaching career. She is assisted by Jamie Totten and Kirstin Anderson.
SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
The women's hockey team, in coordination with Hockey East, will play their annual Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game on Jan. 24 at home against Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Skating Strides Program enters its seventh season and has helped raise over $200,000 for various breast cancer charities. Leading up to the game, members of the team will engage in fundraising activities to raise money for the program, including jersey raffles.
Hockey East has honored three different freshmen this season for multiple awards. Netminder Vilma Vaattovaara was tabbed as the WHEA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 while Alexis Crossley (Oct. 22) and Megan Armstrong (Nov. 12) have each been named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Crossley was most recently honored as the Hockey East Rookie of the Month for the month of December.
This year's newcomers have accounted for 56 (30g, 26a) of the 124 points the Wildcats have tallied this year. Alexis Crossley has six goals and seven assists for 13 points while Jessica Hitchcock has 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Sara Carlson has five goals and four assists for nine points as Megan Armstrong has four goals and five assists for nine points as well. Jonna Curtis has a pair of goals and four assists for six points. Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp four times for her four points while Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied 17 power play goals through their 21 games played, giving them the eighth best power play unit in the country. The team started the season with a power play tally in each of the first five games. Alexis Crossley leads the stat with four power play goals while Megan Armstrong has netted three. Sara Carlson, Nicole Gifford and Jessica Hitchcock each have two. Kristine Horn, Kristina Lavoie, Hannah Armstrong and Arielle O'Neill have each tallied one goal with the advantage.
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.
Through the first 20 games of the season, nine were against teams nationally ranked in the top-10 at the time of the contest. The Wildcats wrapped up 2012 with a string of six in a row. Here are the results:
10/20 - No. 4 Boston College --W, 4-3
10/21 - No. 4 Boston College -- L, 2-5
11/09 - No. 5 Boston University -- W, 4-2
11/24 - No. 1 Minnesota -- L, 2-10
11/25 - No. 1 Minnesota -- L, 0-4
12/01 - No. 9 Northeastern -- L, 1-8
12/02 - No. 9 Northeastern -- W, 3-1
12/05 - No. 6 Boston College -- L, 1-4
12/08 - No. 4 Harvard -- TOT, 2-2
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (49) and points (96) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists with Lavoie category with 47 and second in the points category with 71.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (121). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 120 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 113.
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.).