#6 WOMEN'S HOCKEY OPENS NEW YEAR AT PROVIDENCE

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THE MATCHUP
    One of the longest rivalries in women’s college hockey continues Jan. 10 (1 p.m.) when sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire faces off against Providence College at PC’s Schneider Arena –it will mark the 120th matchup in the series, which UNH leads 69-38-12. The game will be televised on Cox Sports.
    UNH (9-4-5 overall, 5-1-3 Hockey East) is unbeaten in the last 11 games (9-0-2) vs. Providence (10-8-2, 5-2-1), and that matches the longest unbeaten streak in the series by either team; it was originally established by UNH from the 1997–2000 seasons; the ‘Cats also went 9-0-2 in that stretch. During the current 11-game unbeaten streak, New Hampshire has outscored PC by a 36-10 margin with three wins by shutout.
    The Wildcats were 3-0-1 last year with a 1-0 victory in the Hockey East championship game and a 3-0 road win (Feb. 23). The teams skated to a 1-1 tie in the first of three regular-season meetings on Jan. 19 and UNH prevailed 3-1 on Feb. 24. UNH goaltender Kayley Herman stopped 78 of 80 shots in four games vs. the Friars to go 3-0-1 with a 0.49 GAA and .975 save percentage.
    Including last season’s 3-0 victory at Schneider Arena, the Wildcats have a 24-18-5 record on the road vs. the Friars. During the current unbeaten streak, UNH has won all four matchups in Providence by an aggregate score of 15-2. PC’s most recent win in the series was Feb. 27, 2005 (4-3) at Schneider Arena.
    These programs have faced off in four of the six Hockey East championship games. PC won the initial two titles in 2003 and ‘04, but New Hampshire claimed each of the last two titles with wins vs. the Friars. Overall, both teams have won three league championships –PC also won in ‘05 (vs. UConn) and UNH captured its first title in ‘06 (vs. BC).

SCHEDULE UPDATE
    The UNH at Harvard game postponed from Dec. 12 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 17; game time at HU’s Bright Hockey Center is 7 p.m. In addition, the UNH vs. Providence game originally set for Feb. 15 has been moved to Saturday, February 14; game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

SKATE WITH THE 'CATS HITS THE ICE JAN. 19
Hey kids, it's that time of year again! Skate with the 'Cats is coming up on Monday, January 19th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Whittemore Center Arena. Skate with your UNH men's and women's hockey teams and get an autographed team poster! Kids' Club members attend for free; non-members can sign-up on the day of the event for only $15.00. Click here to join now!

WAKEFIELD NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    Sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield was named TPS Hockey East Player of the Month for December. The announcement was made on Jan. 2 by the league office. Wakefield becomes the first Wildcat to win this award since Sam Faber (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) did so in March 2008.
    Wakefield led the Wildcats with five points (4-1-5) in three games, which means she factored in five of the team’s seven goals scored in December. She matched her career high of two goals – including the game-winning goal – to lead UNH to a 3-0 win against Northeastern. Wakefield also recorded a multiple-point effort at (then No. 6) Boston University with a goal and assist, and scored UNH’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against (then-No. 10) Harvard University.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Fourteen games remain on the 2009 regular-season schedule. There are two non-conference games (Jan. 10 vs. Dartmouth and Feb. 17 at Harvard) in addition to 12 Hockey East league games –five of those 12 games are at home.
    New Hampshire opened the 2009 season with 10 games in 25 days and the Wildcats compiled a 6-1-3 record, including a 1-1-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams. UNH closes the regular season with five games in 10 days (Feb. 13-22).
    UNH is unbeaten in its last 22 games at the Whittemore Center (18-0-4). Princeton was the last visiting team to leave Durham with a victory against the Wildcats – 2-1 on Nov. 11, 2007.
    New Hampshire has scored a power-play goal in 12 of 18 games this season and the ‘Cats have yielded a power-play goal in 13 games. UNH’s penalty kill has been perfect in consecutive games just once this season – a three game stretch against UConn, St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
    The third annual “Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer” has grown into a two-weekend event and features eight games between Jan. 29 and Feb. 8 with at least one event on every WHEA campus. UNH will play host to Boston College on Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) as part of the event.
    The event is intended to work with the specific charities to raise awareness for both the league and the specific cause. In the initial year, close to $20,000 was donated back to local breast cancer charities (Friends of Mel’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society), vastly exceeding expectations. Last year, over $30,000 dollars was raised.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
    UNH has a 27-2-2 record in “New Year games” and that includes a 14-2-0 mark on the road. The ‘Cats are 4-1-1 in head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure with three consecutive wins; they skated to a 1-1 tie vs. Princeton in ’05 and lost 4-1 at Dartmouth in ’04; since those games, New Hampshire has won on the road vs. Dartmouth (4-1 in ‘06), UConn (6-2 in ‘07) and Brown (3-1 in ‘08).
    Saturday’s game at Providence will be UNH’s first “New Year game” vs. the Friars. It will also mark the team’s latest “New Year game” since 1991 (Jan. 11).

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