The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which retained the No. 1 national ranking this week, has an 18-3-0 overall record that includes a 9-0-0 mark in Hockey East. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) at Northeastern University (4-11-2, 3-3-0). Live video of the game will be available at GoNU.tv.

UNH has a 68-29-7 lifetime record, including a 4-0 road win this season (Dec. 2), against Northeastern. The ‘Cats have won 19 consecutive games, which coincides with the start of head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure, in the series; 10 of those 19 wins have been by shutout. UNH has a 27-15-1 road record vs. the Huskies and has won nine straight against NU at Matthews Arena.

In this year’s meeting, UNH netted an early goal –Jenn Wakefield at 3:23 – and then scored twice in 76 seconds (Sam Faber at 16:18 and Julia Marty at 17:34) to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission; Faber’s tally was the 50th of her career. Courtney Birchard capped the scoring at 4:30 of the third period. UNH goalie Kayley Herman stopped 24 shots – a personal best at the time – to record her third career shutout while NU counterpart Leah Sulyma made 43 saves.

In last year’s three-game series, New Hampshire outscored Northeastern 21-3 with a 131-35 shot advantage; the ‘Cats went 2-for-7 on the power play and 6 of 8 on the penalty kill.

    New Hampshire  enters the week with an 18-3-0 overall record that includes 7-2-0 on the road and 9-0-0 in Hockey East The Wildcats return to league action Thursday following four consecutive non-conference games; UNH’s most recent Hockey East game was Dec. 2 at Northeastern.

UNH head coach Brian McCloskey recorded his 150th career victory with the team’s 3-1 win at Brown on Jan. 5.

All eight of the Wildcats’ points (three goals, five assists) in last weekend’s 3-1 victory at Brown were tallied by seniors. The forward line of Leah Craig (0-3-3), Sadie Wright-Ward (2-0-2) and Jennifer Hitchcock (1-1-2) accounted for a majority of the points; Martine Garland (0-1-1) recorded the other point.

Twelve of the team’s last 13 games are vs. Hockey East opponents. The lone remaining non-conference game is Dec. 17 at intrastate rival Dartmouth College.

Six Wildcats are averaging at least one point per game this season, and Kayley Herman has recorded 20+ saves each of the last five games; UNH had not allowed 20+ shots in four consecutive games since Nov. 28, 2004 to Jan. 5, 2005 (eight games).

With the win at Brown, the Wildcats now have a 27-2-2 record, including 12-2-0 on the road, in first games of a new calendar year.

UNH netted its third empty-net goal of the season in the game at Brown; the other two empty-netters were vs. BU.

    UNH’s 7-2-0 overall road record includes 4-0-0 vs. Hockey East teams with wins at Boston College, Boston University, Vermont and Northeastern.

Sadie Wright-Ward (9g, 2a) and Leah Craig (1g, 10a) share the team lead with 11 points in nine road games. Kelly Paton has tallied two goals and eight assists in nine contests while Jenn Wakefield is at 7-2-9 in seven. Sam Faber (4-5-9) is averaging exactly 1.00 ppg on the road.

Kayley Herman has started eight road games and has compiled a 7-1-0 record with a 1.38 GAA, .930 save percentage and two shutouts. Lucy Schoedel is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .875 save percentage.

    The Wildcats rose to No. 1 in the national polls for the third time this season on Dec. 17. UNH’s initial reign as No. 1 lasted just one week, as the ‘Cats gained the top billing Nov. 5 and subsequently defeated nationally-ranked Boston College and UConn before falling to Princeton. New Hampshire quickly climbed back to the top and remained there for three weeks (Nov. 19; Nov. 16; Dec. 3). All told, UNH has held the No. 1 ranking for six weeks this season.
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