December 8, 2010

Game Notes: Women's Hockey Plays Host to Harvard and Dartmouth to Close Out December

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The Matchups

    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team faces off against regional rivals Harvard University (Dec. 9, 7 p.m.) and Dartmouth College (Dec. 11, 2 p.m.) this weekend at the Whittemore Center.
    Visit www.unhwildcats.com for information about videostreaming and live stats. Saturday's game vs. Dartmouth will also be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
    UNH has a 28-12-4 lifetime record, including last year's 1-1 road tie, against Harvard. The Wildcats are unbeaten in nine consecutive games (6-0-3) vs. the Crimson dating back to Harvard's most recent victory –Dec. 9, 2003 at Harvard (4-0). In the most recent meeting at the Whittemore Center, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie Dec. 5, 2008. Harvard won 12 consecutive games in this series spanning Dec. 6, 1999 to Dec. 9, 2003. The 'Cats have a 15-5-1 home record against the Crimson.
    UNH has a 32-12-4 lifetime record, including last year's 4-1 road win, against Dartmouth. The 'Cats are 17-3-2 at home in this series and are 2-0-1 in the last three games at the Whittemore Center dating back to the Big Green's most recent road win (Jan. 5, 2005; 3-1); in the most recent meeting in Durham, UNH prevailed 8-3 on Jan. 16, 2009. New Hampshire has won each of the last three meetings overall and holds a 5-1-1 edge in the last six games vs. DC.

Toys For Tots
    Help UNH hockey with the Toys for Tots toy drive for the Dec. 9 (vs. Harvard) and Dec. 11 (vs. Dartmouth) games. Donate an unwrapped toy at the Whittemore Center Box Office and purchase a ticket to either game for the discounted price of $3.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire ends the 2010 calendar year this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth. In the 2011 portion of the schedule, which opens Jan. 9 against Northeastern, the Wildcats have just one non-conference game – Jan. 18 at Quinnipiac.
    UNH has lost seven consecutive games following a seven-game winning streak to carry an 8-9-0 overall record into the game vs. Harvard; it is the longest losing streak in the 34-year history of the program.
    UNH's third-ranked penalty kill unit has been perfect in 11 of 17 games this season; in the most recent game at Providence (Dec. 4), the Friars became the first team to score multiple power-play goals vs. the Wildcats.
    UNH ended a stretch of nine consecutive games without a power-play goal by going 1-for-3 on the power play at Providence. Just 27 seconds before the 'Cats netted that power-play goal, PC became the first team to score a shorthanded goal vs. New Hampshire this season.

Facing Off vs. the ECAC
    The Wildcats faced off against five consecutive ECAC foes spanning Oct. 9-23 and went 4-1-0. UNH opened that stretch with a 1-0 overtime loss at Colgate, then reeled of road victories against Rensselaer (4-3) and Union (4-1) as well as home wins vs. Clarkson (2-1) and St. Lawrence (5-3).

Scoring Breakdown
    New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 11-9 in the first period and 11-8 in the second stanza, but the Wildcats have been outscored 19-8 in the third period (including 15-1 in nine Hockey East league games).

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 198-40-24 home record, which calculates to an .802 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.
    New Hampshire has not lost at home to a non-conference team in regular-season play since November 2007 (18-0-2 since then).

'Cat Nips
    Senior forward Julie Allen scored a career-high two goals Dec. 4 at 10th-ranked Providence College. The two points also tied her personal best, which she had recorded previously three times.
    Senior goaltender Kayley Herman matched her season high of 27 saves at Providence.
    The senior class recorded all four points in the game at Providence. The aforementioned Allen scored both goals, and senior defensemen Courtney Birchard and Courtney Sheary both recorded an assist.

What just Happened?
    UNH and 10th-ranked Providence College skated to a 2-2 tie through two periods, but then the homestanding Friars scored goals 2:16 apart early in the final frame (at 3:30 and 5:46) en route to a 4-2 victory on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Schneider Arena.
    Julie Allen scored a career-high two goals as she gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game and tied the score with an unassisted power-play goal at 12:34 of the second period. Kayley Herman matched her season high of 27 saves as PC generated a 31-19 shot advantage.

What's up Next?
    New Hampshire concludes the 2010 calendar year Saturday, December 11 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots drive.

Inside the Streaks
    Here is a look inside the current seven-game losing streak (Nov. 7 to Dec. 3) as well as the seven-game winning streak (Oct. 15-Nov. 6).
    The Wildcats have been outscored 23-7 during the seven-game losing streak – all seven games have been vs. Hockey East foes. The 'Cats have a .042 shooting percentage (7g/166 shots) and are 1-for-24 on the power play (4.2%). Julie Allen is the leading scorer with three points (2g, 1a).
    In the winning streak that immediately preceded the current streak, UNH outscored the opposition 20-8 with three shutouts. Eight players, led by Courtney Birchard (4g, 4a) and Arielle O'Neill (4g, 3a), recorded 3+ points. The Wildcats registered a .105 shooting percentage (20/191) and went 3-for-20 (15.0%) on the power play.

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