New Hampshire women's hockey enters national polls

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, coming off a weekend series sweep against previously 10th-ranked The Ohio State University, entered both the Division I Women's Poll and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll at No. 9 this week.

UNH improved to 3-0-0 with a 1-0 victory last Friday against Ohio State at the OSU Ice Arena and a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) scored the only goal in the series opener and Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) recorded her first career hat trick, which included the game-winning tally at 3:41 of overtime, to propel the 'Cats to victory on Saturday.

In the poll, there was no movement in the top eight positions as Minnesota-Duluth received 13 first-place votes and 148 points. Minnesota garnered the other two first-place votes and 136 points. UNH received 15 points for ninth place.

In the USA Today/AHM poll, Minnesota-Duluth received all 12 first-place votes and is at the top with 120 points. Minnesota, Harvard and Dartmouth held steady at 2-4 and Wisconsin moved ahead of Brown into No. 5. UNH received 22 points for ninth place.

New Hampshire returns to action this weekend for a weekend series at Quinnipiac University. Game time on both Oct. 25 & 26 is 5 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is their Women's Hockey East opener, Nov. 2 against Maine. Opening faceoff is 2 p.m.


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