GAME DAY: #3 WOMENS HOCKEY TRAVELS TO FACE OFF AGAINST #4 CLARKSON, #6 ST. LAWRENCE
The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, ranked third in both national polls, hits the road for the first time in the 2010 season with games at fourth-ranked Clarkson (Oct. 23; 7 p.m.) and sixth-ranked St. Lawrence (Oct. 24; 3 p.m.).
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UNH has won all five lifetime meetings, including last year’s 2-1 home win, against Clarkson. Prior to last October, these programs had not faced off since the 1982 season.
Last year at the Whittemore Center, UNH netted two first-period goals in a span of 60 seconds and held that two-goal advantage until the Golden Knights scored at 3:38 of the third period. Clarkson was held without a shot in the last 8:45 of the game. Neither team scored a power-play goal as the ‘Cats had five opportunities and CU had 10.
UNH has a 27-10-3 lifetime record, including last year’s 3-2 win at the Whittemore Center, against St. Lawrence. The Wildcats have a 10-6-2 road record in this series, and they split a pair of games at Appleton Arena in their most recent trip there – October 2007 – with a 4-2 win and 3-0 loss.
Last year at the Whittemore Center, SLU took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but the ‘Cats netted a pair of second-period goals to take a 2-1 lead. UNH extended its advantage to 3-1 midway through the final frame, but the Saints, playing with an empty net, pulled within 3-2 with 1:55 remaining. SLU once again pulled its goalie with 90 seconds to play but could not net the equalizer.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire concluded its season-opening six-game homestand with a 5-0-1 record. Dating back to last season, UNH is unbeaten in 19 consecutive regular-season games (18-0-1). The Wildcats closed the 2009 regular season with 13 consecutive wins and opened ‘10 with four victories before posting a tie and win last weekend.
Staying within the realm of regular season play, UNH has not lost at the Whittemore Center since Nov. 11, 2007 (2-1 to Princeton). Since that game, the ‘Cats are 26-0-5 at home in regular-season games –that includes 12-0-2 against non-league opponents.
New Hampshire is 9-for-19 on the power play in the last four games and that includes a 4-for-5 effort Oct. 18 vs. Niagara.
The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 7-1 in the first period with a 68-24 shot advantage.
UNH shut out the opposition in the second and third games of the season; the Wildcats did not record back-to-back shutouts last year. UNH’s shutout streak ended at 183 minutes, 30 seconds when Syracuse scored its second-period goal.
Eighth-year head coach Brian McCloskey is approaching the 200-win milestone, as he enters the weekend with 194 career victories (193-41-24 overall record). There are currently nine active Division I coaches with 200+ wins. McCloskey’s predecessors at UNH also exceeded 200 victories. Russ McCurdy compiled a 264-36-10 record from 1978-92 and Karen Kay went 215-90-25 from 1993-2002.
The senior class has recorded 19 of the team’s 36 assists, and seniors rank 1-2-3 in both assists and points.
Micaela Long and Kelly Paton have recorded a point in all six games.
Freshmen have scored nine of the team’s 22 goals.
Kristine Horn has scored three of her four goals on the power play.