Game Notes: Women's Hockey Plays Host to Boston College (Nov. 28) & Northeastern (Dec. 1)


The Matchups

    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team (8-6-0) plays host to sixth-ranked Boston College (9-2-4) at the Whittemore Center on Nov. 28 (2 p.m.). The Wildcats then face off vs. Northeastern (8-3-4) at home Dec. 1 (7 p.m.).
    Sunday's game vs. BC will be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Videostreaming and live stats will be available for both games.
    UNH has a 44-3-3 lifetime record, including 2-1-0 last season, against Boston College. The road team was victorious in all three of last year's meetings, and it marked the first time BC defeated the Wildcats in Durham (1-20-2). That 2-1 loss Feb. 20, 2010 to the Eagles ended UNH's nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) in the series. The 'Cats responded with a 4-1 victory the next day at Conte Forum.
    One of the longest rivalries in women's college hockey resumes Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Whittemore Center when New Hampshire and Northeastern face off. It will be the 113th meeting between the programs. UNH has a 76-28-8 record vs. the Huskies that includes 34-9-5 at home and 26-0-1 in the last 27 meetings dating back to NU's 2-0 win in the 2002 ECAC Eastern semifinals.
    This storied rivalry includes a special part of women's hockey –the first NCAA outdoor women's ice hockey game Jan, 8, 2010 at Fenway Park. The Wildcats scored four times in the third period to overcome a two-goal deficit and prevail 5-3 at the home of the Boston Red Sox.

The State of new Hampshire
    New Hampshire begins a stretch of five games in 14 days Sunday at home against Boston College. The stretch continues Dec. 1 vs. Northeastern and Dec. 4 at Providence before concluding at home against ECAC foes Harvard (Dec. 9) and Dartmouth (Dec. 11).
    UNH has lost four consecutive games following a seven-game winning streak to carry an 8-6-0 overall record into Sunday's game against Boston College.
    The 'Cats went 1-3-0 in the absence of senior defenseman and co-captain Courtney Birchard, who won a gold medal skating for Canada at the Four Nations Cup.
    UNH's four-game losing streak is the longest since the 2001 team lost five straight; that squad finished with a 17-17-0 record.
    In the nine-year history of Hockey East, this is the second time that UNH does not have a winning percentage in league play. The 2008-09 team was 0-1-3-1 through four league games (finished atop the Hockey East standings at 15-2-3-1).
    UNH has not scored a power-play goal in seven consecutive games (0-for-20). UNH's penalty kill is 28-for-31 (90.3%) in that span.
    The Wildcats' 4-1 loss Nov. 23 to Maine (at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine) ended a 14-game winning streak and 28-game unbeaten streak (25-0-3) vs. the Black Bears.

There's No Place Like Home
    Since the Whittemore Center opened in the 1995-96 season, the UNH women's ice hockey team has a 198-38-24 home record, which calculates to an .808 winning percentage. (includes this season)
    The Wildcats won each of its initial five home games of the 2010-11 season before losing 1-0 to UConn on Nov. 13; UNH had scored a goal in 109 consecutive home games dating back to Nov. 2004. The 'Cats have outscored the opposition 12-5 at the Whittemore Center. Junior goaltender Lindsey Minton is 5-1-0 with a 0.83 GAA and .962 save percentage at home.
    New Hampshire has not lost at home to a non-conference team in regular-season play since November 2007 (18-0-2 since then).

Countdown to the 700 Club
    UNH, now in its 34th year at the varsity level, is the winningest women's college hockey program in the United States with an overall record of 695-182-64 for a .773 winning percentage. In 33 years, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1998; AWCHA), four Hockey East tournament championships, six Hockey East regular-season titles, five ECAC tournament championships and four EAIAW championships. UNH has made five consecutive NCAA tourney appearances (2006-10) with two trips to the Frozen Four in that span.
O, Canada
    Ten of 22 student-athletes on the 2011 UNH women's ice hockey roster hail from Canada. Julie Allen, Hannah Armstrong, Courtney Birchard, Kailey Chappell, Bryanna Farris, Nicole Gifford, Paige Goloubef, Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill are from Ontario, and Kayley Herman calls Saskatchewan home.
    Those players account for 23 of 28 goals (82%) and 25 of 47 assists (53%) for 48 of 75 points (64%).

On the Airwaves
    A total of nine UNH women's ice hockey games will be broadcast live on The Wildcat Sports Radio Network, which consists of WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth), WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester), WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport), WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro).
    Here is the schedule of games (listed broadcast time begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the game):
  Oct. 30 vs. Niagara, 2-0 win
  Nov. 28 vs. Boston College, 1:30 pm
  Dec. 1 vs. Northeastern, 6:30 pm
  Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth, 1:30 pm
  Jan. 9 vs. Northeastern, 1:30 pm
  Jan. 14 vs. Providence, 6:30 pm
  Jan. 30 vs. Maine, 1:30 pm
  Feb. 5 vs. Boston University, 1:30 pm
  Feb. 20 vs. Boston College, 1:30 pm

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