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THE MATCHUP

    The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 3 in both national polls, takes a 15-2-3 overall record, which includes 7-1-0 in Hockey East and 10-1-2 at home, into this weekend’s two-game home series against the University of Maine (6-10-2, 1-5-2). Friday’s game begins at 7 pm and the teams face off again Saturday at 2 pm. Live stats for both games will be available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
    UNH has a 22-1-3 lifetime record, including 10-1-1 at home (all at the Whittemore Center), vs. Maine. The Wildcats ended the Black Bears’ 2006 season with a 6-0 win in the Hockey East semifinals and extended their unbeaten streak in the series to 17 games (14-0-3) with a 4-0 road victory earlier this season.
    Maine’s only win vs. UNH occurred Jan. 20, 2002 (2-1 score). The ‘Cats have won by shutout 11 times and have not yielded a goal to the Black Bears in the last 140 minutes, 14 seconds.
    In this season’s earlier meeting in Orono, the Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead on Nicole Hekle’s goal 78 seconds into the game, then scored one goal in the second period and two more in the third for a 4-0 victory. The ‘Cats recorded a 36-12 shot advantage, including 13-2 in the final frame. UNH went 2-for-7 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

WEDSTER RECEIVES LEAGUE DEFENSIVE HONOR

    Senior defenseman Jackie Wedster was named Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. Wedster recorded her first multiple-point game of the season with two points, both on assists, and also had a plus/minus rating of +5 in UNH’s 6-2 win against (then-) No. 9 UConn on Jan. 6. She recorded an assist on the tallies that gave the Wildcats leads of 1-0 and 5-0 and she was on the ice for each of the first five goals of the game.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 14-2-3 overall record that includes 3-1-1 on the road and 6-0-1 in Hockey East as well as 4-2-3 vs. nationally-ranked teams. UNH has a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) in which the ‘Cats skated to consecutive 3-3 ties against #4 Harvard and #6 Dartmouth and defeated #9 UConn, 6-2. [rankings at time of game]
    The back-to-back 3-3 ties against those nationally-ranked ECAC teams marked the first time this season that UNH surrendered more than one goal in consecutive games.
    UNH’s senior class produced nine of the team’s 18 points in last Saturday’s 6-2 win at (then) ninth-ranked UConn. Nicole Hekle scored two goals while Lindsey Caleo (three assists), Shannon Clement (two) and Jackie Wedster (two) all had multiple assists.

CAREER NUMBERS
    Lindsey Caleo recorded her 50th career assist with the last of her three assists at (then) No. 9 UConn last Saturday. The three assists (and points) matched her single-game highs. Caleo enters the weekend with 70 points in 123 career games.
    Nicole Hekle enters the weekend ranked 13th on UNH’s career assist leaderboard with 76. She is 19th in career points with 124.
    Jennifer Hitchcock enters the Maine series tied for 17th in career goals with 59.

BOURDON CLOSES IN ON UNH RECORDS
    Senior goaltender Melissa Bourdon moved into a tie for first place (with Jen Huggon; 2000-03) in the UNH record book for career shutouts with her 26th in an 18-save effort vs. St. Lawrence University on Nov. 12. Bourdon stands alone as the NCAA record holder, however, because three of Huggon’s shutouts were recorded in her freshman season, when the NCAA did not recognize women’s hockey as a Division I sport.
    Bourdon became the NCAA record holder with her 25th career shutout, which was a 13-save performance vs. Boston University on Oct. 29. Bourdon has five shutouts this season and went a span of four games – at Maine, vs. Brown, vs. BC and at BC – in which she surrendered just one goal.
    Bourdon, a three-time Hockey East Goaltending Champion, recorded 10 shutouts – UNH’s second-highest single-season total – last season, four as a sophomore in 2005 and seven as a rookie, including one in her collegiate debut.
    Fourteen of her 26 shutouts have been in Hockey East league action and two have come in postseason play. Bourdon holds the UNH record for consecutive shutouts (five) and consecutive shutout minutes (341:49).
    Bourdon also ranks among the Wildcats’ career leaders in GAA (2nd; 1.64), wins (2nd; 75), saves (3rd; 1,860), save percentage (5th; .917) and minutes (3rd; 6177:49).
    Bourdon will tie Alicia Roberts (1997-2000) atop UNH’s career victory list with her next win.

APPROACHING 600

    UNH is the winningest women’s college hockey program in the United States. The Wildcats became the first to reach 500 victories and they are on the verge of No. 600. Now in their 30th year as a varsity sport at New Hampshire, the ‘Cats enter the weekend with an overall record of 598-155-51 for a .775 winning percentage. Here is a timeline 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

STACKING THEM UP

    Here is a comparison of how UNH and Maine enter the weekend in the national statistics (34 teams):
                            UNH            Maine
Off. (gpg)        5 (4.10)           9 (3.50)
Def. (gpg)       5 (1.60)        29 (4.06)
PP (%)            4 (.261)         22 (.134)
PK (%)         11 (.874)         33 (.752)

HOCKEY EAST TOURNEY COMES TO DURHAM
    UNH’s Whittemore Center will be the site of the 2007 Women’s Hockey East Championship. The semifinal games will take place March 3 and the championship game is March 4. Game times have been announced as 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the semifinal games, and the title game will begin at 12:30 p.m.
    This will be the first time in the league’s five-year history that the tournament will be held outside of Boston. Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena was the site of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 championships, and Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena was the venue in 2005.
    Tickets for the 2007 Women’s Hockey East Championship Tournament are on sale now and may be purchased in person at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by phone at 1-866-WILDCAT, or on-line via www.unhwildcats.com.
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