Women's Hockey to Wrap Up Season Series with No. 4 Boston U. on Wednesday (7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team, unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1), will wrap up the season series with the fourth-ranked Boston University Terriers Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Walter Brown Arena. Links to live stats and video will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Terriers meet Wednesday to wrap up the regular season series between the two sides. So far, each team is 1-1-0 against the other. New Hampshire took the first meeting of the season by a score of 4-2 while BU won the most recent game, 3-2.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats are led by senior forward Kristina Lavoie, who comes into the game with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. She has one power play tally and a pair of game winners. Freshman Alexis Crossley has 20 points on six goals and 14 assists and leads the team in power play goals with four. Senior Kristine Horn has five goals on the year and 13 helpers for 18 points. She has a pair of power play goals. Junior Jessica Hitchcock has 17 points on the season from nine goals and eight assists while Sophomore Hannah Armstrong has lit the lamp 10 times and dished out six assists for 16 points. Junior Arielle O'Neill splits her 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. She has a trio of power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game winners. Freshman Sara Carlson has tallied 13 points on six goals and seven assists. Three of her goals have been on power plays.
Senior captain Kailey Chappell has tallied all 13 of her points on assists this season while Nicole Gifford has two goals, both of which came on power plays, and 10 assists for 12 points. Freshman Megan Armstrong has lit the lamp four times and dished out seven assists for 11 points. Three of her four goals came on power plays. Classmate Brittney Redlick has all six of her points on goals as Caroline Broderick has one goal and three assists for four points. Katie Brock and Jenna Lascelle each have four assists for four points while Jess Ryan has three assists. Kayla Mork has lit the lamp twice and dished out an assist for three points while Bryanna Farris, Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal.
Goaltender Jenn Gilligan has started all 17 games she has played this season and comes in with a record of 9-4-2 with a pair of shutouts. She has a 2.24 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Vilma Vaattovaara has made starts in nine of the 11 games she has played in and has racked up a 3-8-0 record. She also has a 3.84 goals against average and a .874 save percentage.
Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the four games she has played in and has a 1-1-1 record. Additionally, Jean has a 2.71 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Moe Bradley has started both games she has played in and has a 0-1-0 record with a 3.76 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston University comes into the game having completed a season sweep of Vermont over the weekend. Marie-Philip Poulin leads the way for the Terriers with 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points. She has three power play goals, one shorthanded and a trio of game winners. Isabel Menard has lit the lamp 12 times and dished out 22 assists for 34 points. She has five game winners and four power play tallies. Sarah Lefort splits her 30 points with 15 goals and 15 assists. She has five game-winning goals and three power play marks. Jenelle Kohanchuk has 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists. Louise Warren has tallied 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points while Kayla Tutino and Jill Cardella each have 22 points on the year. Tutino has 12 goals and 10 assists as Cardella has a pair of goals and 20 assists.
Junior goalie Kerrin Sperry has started all 23 games she has played in and comes in with a record of 16-4-3. She has a pair of shutouts to go along with a 2.38 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Senior Alissa Fromkin has made five starts in her seven appearances and has a 4-1-0 record. She registers a 2.02 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
PARTY OF FIVE
Despite being down 1-0 at the end of the first period against Providence (Feb. 15), the Wildcats surged back and scored five goals in the second period. When scoring more than three goals, UNH is 9-0-0 on the year.
THREE'S A FEAT
Most recently, senior forward Kristina Lavoie notched her second career hat trick and the second in two games for UNH in Friday's 6-4 win at Providence.Sophomore forward Hannah Armstrong posted her first career hat trick and three-point game in UNH's 4-0 win over Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 11.
BACK-TO-BACK HAT TRICKS
Hannah Armstrong and Kristina Lavoie are the first Wildcats to post a hat trick in back-to-back games since Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, 2004. The last pair to do so was Lindsey Caleo and Carolyn Gordan.
CURRENT PLAYERS WITH HAT TRICKS
With the addition of Hannah Armstrong, three other current Wildcats have tallied hat tricks in their careers. Here is a list of those who have accomplished the feat.
Hannah Armstrong - Feb. 11, 2013 vs. Connecticut
Nicole Gifford - Nov. 26, 2011 vs. Princeton
Jenna Lascelle - Dec. 12, 2011 vs. Dartmouth
Kristina Lavoie (2) - Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Vermont, Feb. 15, 2013 at Providence
OUT OF THE BOX
The Wildcats are the least penalized team in Hockey East play this year, averaging 6.8 penalty minutes per game.
Senior forward Kristina Lavoie became the 43rd student-athlete in UNH women's hockey history to surpass the 100-career point mark with a three-point game against Vermont (Feb. 2). She now has 55 career goals and 50 assists for 105 points. She is now tied for 39th place on the all-time scoring rankings.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE PLAY
With the regular season winding down, the Wildcats are in the crucial stages of conference play. Here is a look at the season series standings between New Hampshire and the rest of the conference:
Boston College - BC, 2-1 (series complete)
Boston University - Tied, 1-1
Connecticut - UNH, 3-0 (series complete)
Maine - UNH leads, 1-0
Northeastern - NU, 2-1 (series complete)
Providence - 1-0-1, UNH leads
Vermont - UVM, 2-1 (series complete)
The Wildcats have had success while playing on the road this season, tallying a 9-6-1 record away from the Whittemore Center. The team opened up the season with a pair of road wins, the first being at Syracuse (Oct. 5, 4-3) while game two was at Colgate (Oct. 6, 4-1). The team started 2013 with a 3-0-0 road record before falling to fifth-ranked Boston U. Jan. 27 (3-2).
KEEPING THE LEAD
When leading at the end of the first period, the Wildcats are a perfect 7-0-0. When leading after two periods, the 'Cats have a record of 10-1-1. When scoring first, New Hampshire is 9-5-2.
Junior forward Arielle O'Neill has tallied all but one of her seven goals on the road this season. Her one home goal came on a power play in a 4-2 win over Boston University (Nov. 9).
Three different freshmen have been honored by Hockey East 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, Feb. 18) 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.
WHERE THEY RANK NATIONALLY
Individually and as a team, the Wildcats have posted some impressive numbers, securing spots in the top-rankings nationally. Alexis Crossley ranks 20th in defenseman points per game (0.67) and 18th in rookie scoring. Jenn Gilligan is 11th in the nation in winning percentage (.667), 16th in the nation in goals against average (2.24) and 29th in save percentage (.909).
The team as a whole has found great success on the power play, ranking fifth in power play percentage (23.6). On the penalty killing side, they rank 16th with a kill percentage of 83.6. In combined special teams, the 'Cats are ranked ninth nationally at 54.2 percent.