Leah Craig
    The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which has a 7-1-0 overall record with a 5-0-0 mark in Hockey East, ascended to No. 1 in both of this week’s national polls. The Wildcats continue their stretch of seven consecutive league games – and kick off an eight-game homestand – November 7 against 10th-ranked Boston College (5-2-1, -2-2-0).

Looking ahead to the weekend, UNH plays host to eighth-ranked University of Connecticut (Nov. 10) and Princeton University (Nov. 11). Both games begin at 2 p.m.

UNH has a 37-2-2 lifetime record, including a 4-1 road win two weeks ago, against Boston College. The Wildcats have a 17-0-1 home record in this series and that includes 14-0-1 at the Whittemore Center. UNH has a 16-2-1 record vs. the Eagles in head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure.

New Hampshire has won 14 games by shutout and has blanked BC twice in the last 10 meetings. Prior to last year’s 7-2 Eagles’ win, BC had not scored more than three goals in a game vs. the Wildcats; and they had a total of six goals in the previous six meetings.

In this year’s game, UNH’s Jenn Wakefield netted an early power-play tally, then Sam Faber and Leah Craig scored goals 66 seconds apart to break a 1-1 tie and give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Wakefield scored again at 16:37 of the third period to finish the game with two goals and an assist. Faber (1g, 1a) and Kelly Paton (2a) also had a multiple-point game. New Hampshire finished the game with a 28-19 shot advantage and went 1-for-3 on the power play as well as 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Kayley Herman recorded 18 saves for the ‘Cats while Molly Schaus (24 saves) was in net for the Eagles.

    Senior forward Sadie Wright-Ward was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Nov. 5. Wright-Ward recorded three points – all on goals – last week to help keep UNH undefeated and untied in league play with two Hockey East victories. Wright-Ward scored the latter of two UNH goals in a 30-second span to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead, and that tally proved to be the game-winning goal in the 4-1 win at Boston University. In the next game, Wright-Ward netted a pair of power-play goals to spark New Hampshire to a 5-0 win at the University of Vermont.


    Freshman forward Jenn Wakefield was honored as Mission Rookie  of the Month (for October) by Hockey East on Nov. 1. Wakefield, who was named Mission Rookie of the Week twice (Oct. 22 &29) during the month, compiled five goals and three assists for eight points in six October games; she also compiled a plus/minus rating of +7 and netted the game-winning goal vs. Boston University on Oct. 21.

Wakefield recorded four goals and three assists for seven points in three league games and tallied 3-1-4 in three games vs. nationally-ranked teams. She recorded a point in four of six games with two multiple-point efforts as she tallied 2-1-3 in consecutive games vs. BU and Boston College. Wakefield was UNH’s top goal scorer in October, tied for the team lead in points and was second in shooting percentage (.179).

    UNH athletics and Pack Network have partnered together to spawn the creation of UNHwildcats.tv. Women’s ice hockey is part of the “Wildcat All-Access Pass,” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of various UNH home athletic events, but also premium content and archives. Individual games are also available at $6.95 per game. Commentary will be provided by Nate Bridges and/or Rob Dally. (In addition to women’s hockey, other sports included in the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” are men’s hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.)


    New Hampshire enters Wednesday night’s game with a 7-1-0 overall record that includes 5-0-0 in Hockey East and 3-0-0 at home. The Wildcats have won six consecutive games – it is the second-longest winning streak in the nation – and that includes the Oct. 25 win (4-1) at Boston College. UNH has outscored the opposition 22-3 with three shutouts and has generated a 225-80 shot advantage during the win streak.

The Wildcats enter the week ranked No. 8 nationally in offense (3.25 goals per game), tied for first in defense (1.00 gpg), eighth on the power play (.214) and sixth on the penalty kill (.929).

UNH has held the opposition to single-digit shots in three of eight games and that includes a low of seven shots – twice (Maine, Vermont); New Hampshire has yielded 20+ shots in just two games. The Wildcats held Vermont without a first-period shot.

In the last 23 games vs. Hockey East teams – including the 2007 Hockey East Championship tournament – the Wildcats have a 21-0-2 record. BC, with a 7-2 win on Nov. 2, 2006, is the last league opponent to defeat the Wildcats.

25 IS 39 TO 100
    Leah Craig became the 39th member of UNH’s Century Club with the second of her two assists Nov. 3 at the University of Vermont. She entered the game with 98 career points and recorded assists on the Wildcats’ second and third goals of the game (at 4:18 and 11:19 of the second period) to attain the personal milestone.
    One game earlier – Nov. 1 at Boston University – Craig recorded her 50th career assist with a helper on UNH’s game-winning goal.
    Craig now has 48 goals and 52 assists in 114 career games.

    UNH’s power play and penalty kill units have excelled in recent weeks. After starting the season 0-for-23 on the power play, the Wildcats are 9-for-19 in the last four games. They were 4-for-6 last Saturday at Vermont and 2 of 5 in each of the previous games against Boston University and Maine. The penalty kill has been perfect (26-for-26) during the six-game winning streak.

    Since allowing two goals in a season-opening victory at nationally-ranked St. Lawrence, freshman goaltender Kayley Herman has not yielded more than one goal in five consecutive appearances and has two shutouts in that span.
    At the other end of the ice, both Leah Craig and Kelly Paton have an active team-best five-game point-scoring streak. Craig has compiled two goals and six assists for eight points in that span while Paton has one goal and seven assists for eight points. Sadie Wright-Ward has the next-longest streak and has compiled 3-3-6 in the last four games. Jennifer Hitchcock has scored in each of the last three games.


    A couple of UNH skaters attained personal milestones last week. Freshman defenseman Julia Marty recorded her first career point with an assist at Boston University (Nov. 1) and fellow rookie blueliner Raylen Dziengelewski tallied her first career point with an assist at Vermont (Nov. 3). Julia Marty also notched an assist in that game.
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