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The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 4 in both of this week’s national polls, has a 4-0-2 overall record that includes 1-0-1 in Hockey East. The Wildcats return to action Oct. 23 at Boston University (3-2-1, 0-0-0 Hockey East), which made its debut in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll at No. 10 this week. Game time at Walter Brown Arena is 7 p.m. UNH plays host to ECAC foe Yale University (0-0-0) Oct. 25. Opening face off is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.
UNH has won all 16 meetings against Boston University. Since the 2006 season, when the Terriers were elevated to varsity status, the Wildcats are 10-0-0 with four wins at Walter Brown Arena. Four of those 10 wins have been by shutout, but none have been on the road.
Last year, the ‘Cats swept the three regular-season games – including 3-2 in overtime with three seconds remaining – and ousted BU from the Hockey East tournament with an 8-0 victory. All of last year’s regular-season meetings happened in the fall semester. New Hampshire outscored the Terriers 10-4 with a 119-34 shot advantage. The ‘Cats were 2-for-10 on the power play and 11 of 11 on the penalty kill. In the semifinal game, UNH outshot BU, 36-14, and went 2-for-4 on the power play as well as 7 of 7 on the PK.
UNH has a 17-0-1 lifetime record against Yale. These programs have not faced off since Nov. 13, 2005, when the Wildcats won 5-2 on the road. The last time these teams played at the Whittemore Center was Jan. 2, 2005; the ‘Cats were 3-1 victors. The (1-1) tie in the series occurred Nov. 16, 2003 at Ingalls Rink.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire opened the 2009 season with six games in 12 days and compiled a 4-0-2 record that included 1-0-2 vs. nationally-ranked teams. The Wildcats made a road trip to Niagara University (550 travel miles Friday with games Saturday and Sunday afternoon followed by 550 more miles Sunday) and another road trip to UConn on Wednesday (300 miles round-trip).
UNH is undefeated through the initial six games of a season for the fourth time in seven years of head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure. The longest unbeaten streak at the outset of a season during McCloskey’s reign is nine (9-0-0) in 2007.
Two Wildcats have recorded a point every game this season. Kelly Paton has a team-high five assists and three goals for eight points; she has tallied an assist in three consecutive games and five of six overall.
Following last Wednesday’s tie at UConn, UNH is 4-0-9 in its last 13 overtime games. The Wildcats have not been defeated in OT since Nov. 5, 2005 at Boston College.
Eight of UNH’s 20 goals this season have been scored by the special team units. The power play has struck six times – including three by Jenn Wakefield – and both Sam Faber and Kacey Bellamy have potted shorthanded goals.
UNH scored goals in rapid succession in the second period of both games at Niagara. The ‘Cats potted goals 25 seconds apart Oct. 11 and 26 seconds apart Oct. 12.
New Hampshire’s quick-strike attack continued Oct. 15 at UConn when the Wildcats netted goals 21 seconds apart in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and pull even, 3-3. This past weekend, UNH scored twice in a 60-second span midway through the first period against Clarkson.
UNH allowed 2+ goals each of the first five games this season. The 2008 Wildcats did not surrender 2+ goals three consecutive games the entire season.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
For the third time in as many weeks, UNH will have a weekday matchup against a Hockey East team ranked No. 10 in the nation. The Wildcats opened the season Wednedsay, Oct. 8 against 10th-ranked Boston College (2-2 tie; UNH wins shootout 1-0). One week later on the 15th, the ‘Cats skated to a 3-3 tie draw at 10th-ranked UConn (Huskies won the shootout 1-0). Both shootouts ended in Round 5. Now, this Thursday the 23rd, UNH travels to play 10th-ranked Boston University.
The Wildcats extended their record Hockey East regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 games (36-0-4) Oct. 15 at UConn; including postseason, that streak stands at 44 games (39-0-5). The BC Eagles were the last league team to defeat the ‘Cats (Nov. 2, 2006; 7-2; at Conte Forum). UNH is 19-0-1 in league road games during the streak.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston University, which entered this week’s national polls at #10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, has a 3-2-1 overall record, including 2-1-1 at home, following last weekend’s 2-1 win vs. Clarkson and 2-2 tie against St. Lawrence – both games were at Walter Brown Arena.
BU opened the 2009 season with a 3-2 road win against Union, then lost 2-0 at Rensselaer. The Terriers then split a home series against Mercyhurst College (4-2 loss; 3-2 win).
Gina Kearns (3-4-7) and Jenelle Kohanchuk (2-4-6) have been the top point producers. Erin Seman has 66 points in 67 career games while Jillian Kirchner has amassed 67 points in 102 games.
Allyse Wilcox and Melissa Haber have split time in goal. In four starts, Wilcox is 2-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .927 save percentage. Haber is 1-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .925 save percentage in two starts.
On special teams, BU has not been proficient on the power play at 3-for-37 (8.1%); the Terriers have a .868 penalty kill percentage (33 of 38).
BU has outscored the opposition by a 4-3 margin in the first and second periods, but has been outscored 7-4 in the third, when the opponents have recorded a 76-41 shot advantage.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) returns 17 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 11-14-6 overall, 8-10-4 in the ECAC, 7-7-2 on the road and 5-5 in one-goal games. The Bulldogs’ season ended with a pair of overtime losses at St. Lawrence in the ECAC quarterfinals.
All 70 goals and 173 of 175 points return from last year. Crysti Howser led the team in both assists (19) and points (29), and she was the only skater to record double digits in both goals and assists. Sarah Tittman (12-9-21) and Bray Ketchum (9-11-20) were the other Bulldogs with 20+ points.
Jackee Snikeris is the only goaltender with collegiate experience. The sophomore went 7-5-3 with a 2.18 GAA, .921 save percentage and four shutouts in 16 games (15 starts).
Yale was outscored by the opposition in both the first and second periods, but had the slight edge in the third.
On special teams, Yale was 24-for-145 (.166) on the power play and 153 of 178 (.860) on the penalty kill.
NEW HAMPSHIRE VS. WISCONSIN AT FLORIDA
UNH plays a two-game series against top-ranked University of Wisconsin in Fort Myers, Fla. on Nov. 21-22. Tickets are on sale now and are available only through the Fort Myers Skatium by calling (239) 321-7509. The capacity for the venue is 500. All tickets are general admission and cost $5.
WHEN YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE WHITT
There may be times this season when you can’t make it to the Whittemore Center to support the UNH Wildcats. We’ve got you covered with live stats at www.unhwildcats.com and videostreaming at unhwildcats.tv.