No. 1 UNH women's hockey draws Harvard in NCAA tourney

New Hampshire play host to Crimson on March 17

Lindsay Hansen

UNH (32-2-1) earned the automatic berth out of Hockey East by winning the league tournament with a 6-0 victory in the March 5 title game against ninth-ranked Boston College. The Wildcats, who also won the Hockey East regular season crown with a 19-1-1 league record, have won 16 consecutive games as part of an NCAA single-season record unbeaten streak of 28 games (27-0-1).

This will be New Hampshire's first NCAA tournament appearance since the organization first sponsored a championship in 2001. UNH did win the American Women's College Hockey Alliance (AWCHA) inaugural national championship in 1998 and finished as runner-up in 1999.

Harvard (18-12-4, 10-6-4 ECAC) earned the automatic berth out of the ECAC with Sunday's 4-3 victory vs. Brown in the league's title game. The Crimson will be making its fifth NCAA tourney appearance (2001, 2003-06). They have finished as runner-up each of the past three years and took third place in 2001 to compile a record of 5-4.

UNH has a 25-12-1 lifetime record, including 2-0-0 this season, vs. Harvard. The Wildcats have a 13-5-0 home record in the series that includes 6-5-0 at the Whittemore Center.

These programs have met six times in postseason play with UNH holding a 4-2 edge. Most recently, Harvard defeated the 'Cats, 6-5 in overtime, to win the 1999 AWCHA national championship. One week earlier, the Crimson recorded a 5-4 overtime win in the ECAC title game. New Hampshire's four victories have been on home ice - 1998 ECAC quarterfinal (2-1 in OT), 1995 ECAC quarterfinal (6-1), 1991 ECAC semifinal (8-0) and 1987 semifinal (4-1).

The winner of the March 17 regional will advance to the Women's Frozen Four, which will be held March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena.

2006 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Regionals (March 17-19)
Havard at #1 UNH
Mercyhurst at # 2 Wisconsin
Minnesota-Duluth at St. Lawrence
Princeton at Minnesota

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