WOMEN'S HOCKEY GAME NOTES VS. BOSTON U. & NORTHEASTERN
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THE MATCHUPS
    The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, which has an 13-2-0 overall record with a 7-0-0 mark in Hockey East, retained its No. 1 ranking in both national polls. The Wildcats play host to Boston University (3-8-2, 1-2-0 Hockey East) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 and then they travel to play Northeastern University (2-9-1, 1-2-0) on December 2.

UNH has won all 15 lifetime meetings, including two already this season, against Boston University. UNH has outscored the Terriers 34-6 in the eight games since BU gained varsity status for the 2006 season. Included in those totals are this year’s 3-1 win at the Whittemore Center (Oct. 21) and a 4-1 road win (Nov. 1). The Wildcats had not yielded a BU goal at the Whittemore Center in three home games prior to this season. In this year’s series, UNH has recorded a 75-24 shot advantage while going 2-for-7 on the power play and 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

New Hampshire has 67-29-7 lifetime record, including last season’s three-game sweep, against Northeastern University. The ‘Cats have won 18 consecutive games, which coincides with the start of head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure (2003 season), in the series; nine of those 18 victories have been by shutout. UNH has a 26-15-1 road record vs. the Huskies and has won eight straight vs. NU at Matthews Arena. In last year’s 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.

WAKEFIELD GARNERS THIRD WEEKLY AWARD FROM HOCKEY EAST
    Jenn Wakefield received her third Mission Rookie of the Week award of the season from Hockey East on Monday. Wakefield tallied five points (two goals, three assists) and a +4 plus/minus rating to lead UNH to a weekend sweep (6-2 and 11-1 wins) of Niagara University. She opened the series with an assist (on the game-winning goal) and then tallied two goals and two assists to set personal bests in both assists and points (four). In the four-point effort, Wakefield tallied second-period assists 1:31 apart to expand UNH’s lead from two goals to 4-0; she ended the second-period scoring and opened the third-period scoring (8:03 apart) to extend the Wildcats’ advantage to 8-0.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire, ranked No. 1 in the nation, enters the weekend with a 13-2-0 overall record that includes 7-0-0 in Hockey East and 9-1-0 at home. The Wildcats have played five consecutive non-conference games [vs. Princeton, Wisconsin (two) and Niagara (two)] since their most recent Hockey East matchup, an 8-2 home win vs. the University of Connecticut on Nov. 10.

Saturday’s game concludes an eight-game homestand for the Wildcats. In the initial seven games, UNH compiled a 6-1-0 record averaging 4.86 goals per game on offense and 1.43 gpg defensively; on special teams, the ‘Cats are 14-for-39 (.359) on the power play and 31 of 35 (.886) on the penalty kill.

All 12 UNH forwards – and three defensemen – recorded at least one point in last Sunday’s 11-1 win vs. Niagara. Eight of those 15 skaters finished with multiple points.

UNH’s 11 goals in that game was the team’s highest total since also recording an 11-1 victory Feb. 11, 2006 vs. Northeastern. The six-goal second period marked the team’s highest single-stanza total since March 5, 2005, when the ‘Cats netted six third-period goals vs. Boston College.

Last Saturday’s game vs. Niagara marked the only time this season that UNH surrendered multiple first-period goals. In the other 14 games, the ‘Cats have yielded a total of three first-period goals.

November was a good month for the Wildcats, who went 8-1-0 with a 4-0-0 mark both vs. Hockey East and nationally-ranked teams. UNH averaged 4.78 gpg and yielded 1.22 gpg while going 20-for-50 (.400) on the PP and 44 of 48 (.917) on the PK.

UNH has won each of its last three meetings against the No. 1-ranked team and all three victories have been against Wisconsin by a 2-1 score.

'CAT NIPS
    Sam Faber (15 points), Kelly Paton (13), Leah Craig (11) and Sadie-Wright-Ward (11) have recorded double digits in points in seven Hockey East league games.

Wright-Ward recorded her 50th career goal Nov. 24 vs. Niagara and Kelly Paton tallied her 50th career point the following day with the first of her three points vs. the Purple Eagles. Wright-Ward is one of 30 ‘Cats who has recorded 50+ goals and 50+ assists.

Shannon Sisk recorded her first career point with the game-winning goal in last Sunday’s game. Stefanie Marty recorded her first career point with an assist on that tally.

Raylen Dziengelewski recorded her first multiple-point game with a four-assist effort last Sunday vs. Niagara. Micaela Long established a career high of three points with one goal and two assists in last Saturday’s game.

Leah Craig scored her 50th career goal with a goal vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 17. Craig attained two other personal milestones this season with her 50th career assist at Boston University (Nov. 1) and 100th career point at Vermont (Nov. 3).

Sam Faber is also on the verge of joining the 50-50 Club. She enters the weekend 49 goals and 70 assists.

Faber has scored six game-winning goals this season; no one else on the team has more than one.

Jennifer Hitchcock enters the weekend with 145 career points to rank 14th on UNH’s career leaderboard. She surpassed current assistant coach Stephanie Jones, who compiled 142 career points, in last Saturday’s two-point effort. Hitchcock has a point in nine of the last 10 games.


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