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The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, ranked second in both national polls, has a 4-0-0 overall record following last weekend’s sweep of Bemidji State University (7-0) and University of Minnesota (6-5 in overtime) at UM’s Easton Shootout. The Wildcats travel northeast this weekend to play the University of Maine on Saturday, Oct. 14. Game time at Alfond Arena is noon.
UNH has a 21-1-3 lifetime record, including 3-0-1 last season, against Maine. Head coach Brian McCloskey has guided the Wildcats to a 13-0-3 record vs. the Black Bears in his four-year tenure. New Hampshire is 9-0-2 at Alfond Arena, including 5-0-2 under McCloskey.
Maine’s only win in the series occurred Jan. 20, 2002 at the Whittemore Center by a score of 2-1. UNH has outscored the Black Bears 106-28 with 10 shutouts in the previous 25 meetings.
New Hampshire ousted Maine from the 2006 Hockey East Championship with a 6-0 victory in the semifinals at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. The Wildcats scored in the opening minute and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission and a 2-0 advantage into the second intermission before pulling away in the final frame.
In the 2005-06 regular-season matchups, UNH skated to a 4-1 season-opening victory at the Whittemore Center; at Alfond Arena in mid-January, the teams skated to a 5-5 tie and the ‘Cats recorded a 5-3 win. The five goals tied for the most scored by a UNH opponent last season.
In last year’s four games, UNH recorded a 136-70 shot advantage. In special teams play, the ‘Cats went 9-for-22 (.409) on the power play and Maine was 5-for-24 (.208).
FABER REPEATS AS HOCKEY EAST'S TOP PLAYER
Sophomore forward Sam Faber was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East for the second consecutive week, the league announced Monday. Faber recorded six points last weekend at the University of Minnesota’s Easton Shootout to lead the Wildcats to victories against Bemidji State University (7-0) and Minnesota (6-5 in overtime). She finished with two goals and two assists, including one on the game-winning tally, to match her single-game highs in both goals and points (four). Faber had a goal and an assist vs. BSU.
HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONSHIP 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. 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.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 4-0-0 record following last weekend’s victories vs. Bemidji State University (7-0) and then- third-ranked University of Minnesota (6-5 in overtime). The Wildcats won their only road game of the season and improved to 2-0 in OT with the win at UM.
UNH’s 4-3 overtime win vs. Niagara on Sept. 30 marked the team’s first win in OT since the ‘Cats defeated Niagara 4-3 on Oct. 16, 2004. Between those wins, UNH went 0-2-7 in overtime.
Seven skaters scored a goal and a total of 11 Wildcats recorded at least one point in the series vs. Niagara.
Four of the team’s five goals in the season opener were scored by special teams. The ‘Cats netted three power-play goals (on eight opportunities) and also scored a shorthanded goal.
UNH was whistled for 10 penalties Sept. 30 vs. Niagara, which matched the team’s single-game high from the 2006 season (1/29 vs Providence). The 23 combined penalties in that game is the highest total since Oct. 15, 2004, when UNH (12) and Niagara (15) combined for 27 penalties.
The Wildcats scored two unassisted goals in both games at last weekend’s Easton Shootout.
New Hampshire has scored three goals in a period in three of the four games this season.
The ‘Cats recorded 40+ shots in the first three games of the season and 18 vs. Minnesota.
Kacey Bellamy has scored four of the team’s seven power-play goals this season.
Sam Faber wasn’t the only Wildcat with a notable weekend at the Easton Shootout (Oct. 6-7).
Martine Garland recorded six points last weekend with two goals and four assists, including 2-2-4 vs. then-No. 3 Minnesota. The two goals and four points marked single-game highs, and the two assists matched a personal best. Garland also had two assists in the tourney opener vs. Bemidji State.
Melissa Bourdon stopped a season-high 24 shots in last Saturday’s 6-5 overtime victory vs. then-No. 3 Minnesota. She also recorded her second career assist in the game with a helper on Sam Faber’s power-play goal at 7:04 of the second period.
Lucy Schoedel made 20 saves to record a shutout in her collegiate debut Oct. 6 vs. Bemidji State. She 10 of the 20 saves in the third period.
Kacey Bellamy scored two power-play goals, including the game-winning tally, in the 7-0 win vs. Bemidji State. The two goals matched her career high set in this year’s season opener vs. Niagara (also both on the power play).
Diana Saly did not record a point last weekend, but the junior defenseman did record a plus/minus rating of +3 in both games in her home state.
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 587-153-48.
WILDCATS EXTEND REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAK
UNH extended it regular-season unbeaten streak to 30 games (29-0-1) with last weekend’s pair of victories at the Easton Shootout (vs. Bemidji State and Minnesota, the team that ended UNH’s 2006 overall unbeaten streak at 29 games).
New Hampshire has won 18 straight regular-season games. In fact, the 5-0 win in the season opener marked the fifth consecutive regular-season game won by shutout. Niagara’s tally at 2:53 of the first period of the next game ended UNH’s regular-season shutout streak at 345:12. In the 30-game unbeaten streak, the ‘Cats have recorded 11 shutouts.