The University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 4 in the USCHO.com Poll, faces off against 10th-ranked University of Connecticut on Oct. 15 (7 p.m.) at UConn’s Freitas Ice Forum. The Wildcats are 2-0-1 overall and 1[1]-0-0 in Hockey East, while UConn is 3-1-1 and has yet to play a league game.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the Wildcats play host to ECAC foes St. Lawrence University, ranked #6 in the polls, on Oct. 18 (2 p.m.) and Clarkson University (Oct. 19; 12 p.m.).

UNH has a 25-3-3 lifetime record, including last year’s three-game series sweep, against the UConn Huskies. The Wildcats have an 11-1-1 road record and have won four straight at Freitas Ice Forum, including last season’s 6-1 victory on March 2.

New Hampshire is 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings. UConn last defeated the Wildcats in the 2005 Hockey East semifinals at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena. The Huskies also recorded a 3-2 win and a 0-0 tie in Storrs that season.

The ‘Cats outscored UConn 19-3 last season with a 126-41 shot advantage in which they recorded 40+ shots every game. UNH was 5-for-12 on the power play while the Huskies were 0 of 12.

    Sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield was named Pure Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. She recorded three goals and four assists for seven points to help UNH to a 2-0-1 week. She tallied two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists Oct. 11 at Niagara to match her career highs in goals, assists and points; she recorded a point on each of the team’s first four tallies in that 5-3 win.

Wakefield followed that with a multiple-point effort (1g, 1a) vs. the Purple Eagles in which she had the primary assist on the game-winning goal. In the Oct. 8 season opener vs. Boston College, Wakefield lifted UNH into a 2-2 tie with the primary assist on the game-tying goal that sent the game into overtime and subsequent shootout win.

Wakefield had a +5 rating on the week and also led the ‘Cats in shots with 21.

    UNH is unbeaten through the initial three games of a season for the sixth time in seven years of head coach Brian McCloskey’s tenure; the only exception was last year, when the Wildcat were defeated by homestanding St. Lawrence in the second of a two-game series that opened the season. The longest unbeaten streak at the outset of a season during McCloskey’s reign is nine games (9-0-0) in 2007.

UNH’s initial four goals of the season were scored by the special teams units. The first was a shorthanded goal and the next three all came on the power play.

Four Wildcats have recorded a point in all three games this season. Jenn Wakefield and Sam Faber recorded multiple-point efforts each of the last two games. Kelly Paton and Angela Taylor are the other ‘Cats with a point in every game.

UNH has allowed 2+ goals in all three games this season. The 2008 Wildcats did not surrender 2+ goals three consecutive games the entire season.

Five of the opposition’s seven goals scored this season have been power-play tallies.

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.

    Senior defenseman and assistant captain Maggie Joyce is one of five skaters tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +5. The others are forwards Angela Taylor, another assistant captain, Courtney Birchard and Jenn Wakefield. Sophomore defenseman Courtney Sheary follows at +4. None of UNH’s 14 skaters have a minus rating.


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    UNH and Boston College skated to a 2-2 tie in the Wildcats’ season opener Oct. 8 at the Whittemore Center, and the ‘Cats made history by defeating the Eagles 1-0 in a shootout to earn a Hockey East league victory. It was the first shootout in league history (the system was implemented this season).
    Following the end of 65 minutes, the teams entered a best-of-three rounds for the shootout. UNH goalkeeper Kayley Herman stopped all three Eagles’ shooters, but none of the Wildcats bested BC netminder Molly Schaus. The game then advanced to single sudden-death rounds. Neither team scored in the fourth round, and Herman once again turned away the Eagles in Round 5. UNH senior defenseman and captain Kacey Bellamy lifted the ‘Cats to victory when she lifted a backhander into the right side of the net.

    The Wildcats extended their record Hockey East regular-season unbeaten streak to 39 games (36-0-3) last Wednesday against Boston College; including postseason, that streak stands at 43 games (39-0-4). The Eagles were the last league team to defeat the ‘Cats (Nov. 2, 2006; 7-2; at Conte Forum).

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