The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked third in both national polls, takes a 14-2-1 overall record into this weekend’s action against No. 4 Harvard University (11-2-0) and No. 6 Dartmouth College (9-3-0). The Wildcats travel to the Bright Center to face off against the Crimson on Dec. 8 (7 p.m.), then play host to intrastate rival Dartmouth on Dec. 10 (2 p.m.).
    Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Yahoo! as well as USCHO.com (video broadcast) and WUNH. In addition, live stats will be available for both games on the home team’s website.
    UNH has a 26-12-1 lifetime record, including three wins last season, against Harvard. The Wildcats have a 14-5-0 home record in this series, and that includes last year’s 3-1 win in the NCAA regional; the ‘Cats hold a 7-5-0 edge at the Whittemore Center.
    The series began with a distinct advantage for UNH, which went 22-0-1 in the initial 23 meetings. Harvard then won 12 straight meetings from the 1998-99 to 2003-04 seasons. The ‘Cats have won each of the last four meetings.
    In last year’s meeting at Bright Hockey Center, UNH became the first team since the 2001-02 season to shut out the Crimson on their home ice.
    UNH has a 29-11-3 lifetime record, including last year’s two-game series sweep (3-1 at home; 4-1 on the road), vs. Dartmouth College. The Wildcats have a 16-3-1 home record vs. the Big Green and that includes a 7-3-1 mark at the Whittemore Center.
    Prior to last year, Dartmouth won five in a row vs. the ‘Cats. Dating back to the 1999-2000 season, only one of 12 games has been decided by one goal; DC has an 8-4-0 edge in that span with a 3-3-0 mark in Durham.

    For years now, photos of UNH women’s hockey teams and headshots of current Wildcats have been displayed on the concourse of the Whittemore Center. On December 10, 2006, this display will officially become commemorated as the Russell J. McCurdy Gallery with a dedication ceremony prior to the game vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Doors open at 12:45 pm and the ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
    McCurdy, an inductee of the UNH Hall of Fame, guided the Wildcats to a 264-36-10 overall record for an .868 winning percentage in 15 seasons (1978-1992). The program went undefeated in the initial four seasons (1978-81) at 72-0-1.
    UNH won the EAIAW championship all four years of its existence (1980-93) and the ‘Cats won four ECAC titles under McCurdy’s direction.

    New Hampshire, ranked No. 3 in the nation in both national polls, enters the weekend with a 14-2-1 overall record that includes 3-0-1 vs. the ECAC, 1-0-0 vs. the Ivy League and 10-1-1 at home, as well as 3-2-1 vs. nationally-ranked teams
    In the four games vs. ECAC foes this season, UNH has defeated Colgate on the road (4-1) as well as Brown (2-0) and St. Lawrence (4-0) at home; the Wildcats also skated to a 1-1 tie at home vs. SLU.
    The Wildcats recorded a season-high 54 shots and surrendered a season-low five shots in last Saturday’s game against Vermont. The previous high was 51 shots vs. Northeastern (Nov. 17) and the low had been seven against Niagara (Sept. 29) and Brown (Oct. 20).
    The ‘Cats have yielded less than two goals in 12 of 17 games this season with seven shutouts. They have not allowed more than one goal in consecutive games.
    After this weekend’s action, New Hampshire is on break for exams and the holiday season until resuming the season Jan. 6 at the University of Connecticut. Ten of the Wildcats’ last 15 regular-season games are on the road.
    The Wildcats went 5-1-1 on their recent seven-game homestand and outscored the opposition by a 30-7 margin with two shutouts.

    Sophomore linemates Sam Faber (2g, 1a) and Angela Taylor (1g, 2a) buoyed the offense and Lucy Schoedel recorded her second career shutout on five saves to lead UNH to a 5-0 home victory against the University of Vermont on Dec. 2.
    Taylor’s three points marked a career high and the two assists matched her personal best. Leah Craig (1g, 1a) was the other Wildcat with multiple points.
    UNH’s 19-2 first-period shot advantage produced a 1-0 lead on a Jennifer Hitchcock power-play goal at 10:04. The Wildcats pulled away with three tallies in the second period, including goals 75 seconds apart by Craig (at 15:19) and Faber (16:34), as they generated a 21-0 shot advantage. Taylor closed the scoring with a power-play tally at 12:49.
    The ‘Cats went 2-for-7 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill with a season-high 54 shots.

    Here is a comparison of how UNH, Harvard and Dartmouth enter the weekend in the national statistics (34 teams):
                        UNH            HU            DC
Off. (gpg)    5 (4.12)        1 (5.15)    4 (4.17)
Def. (gpg)   3 (1.41)        2 (1.23)    5 (1.75)
PP (%)        3 (.270)        2 (.311)    5 (.250)
PK (%)        5 (.900)        4 (.911)    2 (.900)

    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.
    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.

    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 597-155-49 for a .776 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
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