The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, third in both national polls, is 9-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in Hockey East entering this weekend’s two-game home series vs. sixth-ranked St. Lawrence University (8-2-0, 4-2-0 ECAC). Both the Saturday (Nov. 11) and Sunday (Nov. 12) games begin at 2 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast by WUNH and is also featured as the Game of the Week on
    New Hampshire has a 23-8-2 lifetime record against St. Lawrence University. UNH’s 11-3-0 home record in the series includes a 6-3-0 mark at the Whittemore Center. The last time the Wildcats and Saints played in Durham (November 2003), they split a two-game series; only seven current Wildcats were on that roster.
    These programs did not face off last season; in November 2004 at SLU, the Saints skated to a 5-3 victory one day after the teams tied 2-2. Three of the last five meetings have been decided by overtime and SLU is 1-0-2 in those three games (2-1-2 edge overall). Half of St. Lawrence’s eight wins occurred in the 2001 season.

    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 9-1-0 overall record that includes 5-0-0 at home and 2-0-0 vs. ECAC teams with a 2-0 win vs. Brown and a 4-1 victory at Colgate. The Wildcats begin a seven-game homestand Saturday vs. SLU.
    UNH has recorded 30+ shots in nine of 10 games, and that includes 40+ shots four times.
    UNH killed off 34 consecutive opponent’s power plays (spanning six games) until BC netted a first-period power-play goal last Thursday.
   UNH has scored 20 of its 40 goals on the power play, and that includes a stretch of 10 consecutive goals (spanning four games from Oct. 14-27). The Wildcats have scored at least one power-play goal in nine of 10 games with seven multiple power-play goal efforts.
    Prior to last Thursday, each of UNH’s previous six losses were by one goal.
    The seven goals by BC was the most allowed by UNH since February 2003. The Wildcats had not surrendered more than three goals in a game to BC in 38 previous meetings.
     In a year’s span (Nov. 5, 2005–Nov. 4, 2006), two of UNH’s three losses were at BC’s Conte Forum.

    Here is a comparison of how UNH and St. Lawrence enter the week in the national statistics (34 teams):
                           UNH           SLU
Off. (gpg)        8 (4.00)      5 (4.20)
Def. (gpg)       5 (1.70)    10 (2.10)
PP (%)            5 (.278)       2 (.299)
PK (%)            3 (.938)       7 (.899)

    Dating back to the 2004-05 season, the Wildcats have won 21 straight home games and are unbeaten in the last 27 games at the Whittemore Center (24-0-3). The last visiting team to win at the Whitt was Dartmouth College (Jan. 5, 2005).
    Since the arena opened in the 1995-96 season, UNH has compiled a 142-29-13 home record, which is an .806 winning percentage.
    UNH won all 17 games at the Whittemore Center in the 2005-06 season. New Hampshire had not gone through a season undefeated at home since a 7-0-1 record at Snively Arena in the 1992 season.

    UNH’s 35-game regular-season unbeaten streak (34-0-1), the last 23 of which were victories, came to an end Nov. 2 with a 7-2 loss at then-No. 10 Boston College. In the 35-game unbeaten streak, the ‘Cats recorded 15 shutouts.

    UNH concludes a stretch in which four of five games are against nationally-ranked teams with the weekend series vs. sixth-ranked St. Lawrence. The Wildcats defeated 10th-ranked Boston College, 2-1, at home Oct. 27 and lost to the Eagles on Nov. 2.
    The only game vs. an unranked opponent in this five-game stretch was an Oct. 29 victory (4-0) against Boston University, which was previously undefeated at 6-0-0.

    A handful of UNH skaters enter the weekend among the national leaders. Sam Faber is the highest-ranking Wildcat in points per game at No. 18 (1.40) and goals per game (18th; 0.80). Her four power-play goals ranks seventh in the nation and second on the team to Kacey Bellamy, who is No. 2 with seven power-play goals. Bellamy leads all defensemen in goals (seven) and is also among the leaders in points per game for defensemen (12th; 1.00).
    Martine Garland ranks No. 2 in defenseman scoring – 18th overall – at 1.40 as well as 10th in assists per game (1.10) while Sadie Wright-Ward is No. 21 in assists (0.90 apg), Kelly Paton is 19th in rookie scoring (0.90 ppg) and Melissa Bourdon is 10th in GAA (1.27).

    For the second time in three years, the UNH women’s ice hockey team will entertain guests at the Whittemore Center for the Thanksgiving holiday. The 2006 UNH Tournament features two teams from Hockey East – UNH and Boston College – and two from the CHA (Wayne State and Mercyhurst). Three of the four teams are in this week’s national rankings.
    The tourney opens Nov. 24 when BC faces off against Mercyhurst at 4 pm; UNH vs. Wayne State follows at 7 p.m. The second day of action features BC vs. Wayne State (4 pm) and UNH vs. Mercyhurst (7 pm).

     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.
   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.

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