Women's Hockey Returns to Action Nov. 3 vs. Vermont, Nov. 6 at Dartmouth
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The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team enters the week with a 3-3-2 overall record that includes 0-1-1 in Hockey East. November begins with a home game against league foe University of Vermont on Nov. 4 (7 p.m.) and then the Wildcats face off against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Thompson Arena on Nov. 6 (2 p.m.).
Thursday's game vs. UVM will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Live stats and video will also be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
UNH has a 25-2-0 lifetime record, including 2-1-0 in the 2010-11 season series, against Vermont. The Wildcats have won all 15 home games in the battle of the 'Cats, and 17 of UNH's 25 wins have been by shutout (including a pair of 2-0 victories last season). UVM ended a 21-game losing streak to New Hampshire with a 2-1 victory Feb. 3, 2010 and the Catamounts won again Feb. 11, 2011 (4-2).
In the most recent meeting at the Whittemore Center, both Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill recorded a goal and an assist and Lindsey Minton made 21 saves to lead UNH to a 2-0 victory on Nov. 6, 2010. In the three-game season series, the Wildcats went 0-for-5 on the power play and UVM was scoreless on 13 power-play opportunities.
UNH has a 33-12-4 lifetime record, including last year's 1-0 victory at the Whittemore Center, against intrastate rival Dartmouth. The Wildcats are winners of four straight in this series by an aggregate score of 16-5 and are 6-1-1 against DC the past five seasons. UNH has a 14-9-1 road record vs. the Big Green and has skated to victory each of its last two trips to Thompson Arena (4-1 on Dec. 12, 2009; 3-1 on Jan. 17, 2008). Dartmouth's most recent win against UNH occurred Jan. 20, 2007 (4-2 at Thompson Arena).
In last year's 1-0 game, Nicole Gifford broke a scoreless tie with 6:12 remaining in regulation and Lindsey Minton stopped 28 shots, including 13 in the second period and 10 in the third, to record the shutout. Both teams went 0-for-6 on the power play.
Wildcat Food Drive
The Wildcat Food Drive, in partnership with WOKQ 97.5FM, has distributed canned food donations to the NH Food Bank the last four years, and that Drive will continue again in 2011 beginning with the Nov. 3 women's ice hockey game vs. Vermont. Bring an item to donate and you wlll receive a discounted ticket price of $3. Be a part of "Making a Difference Month" in Wildcat Country.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire has a 3-3-2 overall record that includes 0-1-1 in Hockey East and 1-1-1 at home. The Wildcats are winless the past five games (0-3-2) after opening the season with three consecutive wins.
UNH scored 12 goals in the first three games, followed by a total of two goals the next three games. The 'Cats have been outscored 12-5 during the current five-game winless streak.
New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 12-7 in the second period, but the Wildcats have been outscored 8-2 in the final frame. The first period is the lowest scoring (tied at 3-3).
The number of minutes UNH has spent leading, trailing and tied is almost even. The Wildcats have led for a total of 146 minutes, 19 seconds and trailed the opponent for 167:42. The score has been tied (including 0-0) for a total of 175:59.
The Wildcats were whistled for more penalties than the opposition each of the first seven games of the season. That streak ended when UNH was sent to the penalty box just once at Clarkson; the Golden Knights were called for three penalties.
Senior forward Emma Clark skated in her 100th career game Oct. 22 at Clarkson University. That number includes 32 games as a freshman at St. Lawrence University (2008-09 season). Clark scored her first goal as a UNH Wildcat Oct. 21 at SLU; it marked her 67th game as a 'Cat.
Freshman goaltender Jenn Gilligan made a season-high 28 saves in a 2-2 tie at St. Lawrence on Oct. 21. She has stopped 20+ shots in four of six games.
Both Nicole Gifford and Kristine Horn have tallied a point in five of eight games. Kristina Lavoie and Heather Kashman have a point in 4 of 8.
Senior goalie Lindsey Minton recorded the fifth 30+ save effort of her career with 30 saves in a 5-0 loss at fifth-ranked BC on Oct. 15. She stopped 16 shots in the third period (BC's netminder Corinne Boyles finished with 16 saves overall).
Wildcats in the Nation
Here is how UNH stacks up against Vermont and Dartmouth in the national statistics (33 teams; through Oct. 31):
UNH UVM DC
Offense (gpg) 25 (2.12) 24 (2.22) 26 (2.00)
Defense (gpg) 11 (2.25) 29 (3.89) 8 (2.00)
PP (%) 17 (.148) 26 (.102) 20 (.133)
PK (%) 12 (.868) 18 (.826) 6 (.900)
What Just Happened?
UNH was idle last week – at least with respect to game played. In their most recent competition, the Wildcats were defeated 2-1 by Clarkson University at Cheel Arena.
What's Up Next?
New Hampshire continues a stretch of five consecutive road games (that begins Sunday at Dartmouth) next weekend with games at Boston University (Nov. 12) and Providence College (Nov. 13).
200 Wins at The Whitt
New Hampshire recorded its 200th victory at the Whittemore Center with a 4-2 victory Jan. 30, 2011 against Maine. Since the Whitt opened in the 1995-96 season, the UNH women's ice hockey team has a 201-45-25 home record, which calculates to a .788 winning percentage.
Captaining the 'Cats
Junior defenseman Kailey Chappell is captain of the 2011-12 UNH Wildcats, while junior defenseman Katie Brock and sophomore forward Nicole Gifford will serve as alternate captains. All three were named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Through six games this season, Brock is atop the UNH leaderboard in plus/minus at +5.
Gifford recorded an assist each of the first four games of the 2011-12 season. She has a team-high four assists and is tied for the lead in points (six). Gifford is also third in shots (20).
Junior forwards Kristine Horn (5-foot-8) and Kristina Lavoie (5-9), as well as sophomore Arielle O'Neill (5-10), generated 38% of the team's points a year ago as three of the top four point producers.
Horn opened the 2011-12 season with a five-game goal-scoring streak and she leads the Wildcats in goals (five). She also tallied an assist Oct. 1 at Niagara to record a multiple-point game. Horn is tied for the team lead in points (six) and has a team-best two power-play goals as well as a team-high 30 shots.
Through eight games, Lavoie is tied for first in points (six) and is second in both goals (four) and shots (29) as well as tied for third in assists (two); she has two game-winning goals. She already has a pair of two-point games (Sept. 30 at Niagara; Oct. 7 vs. Colgate). Lavoie is atop the team leaderboard in shots with 24.
Lavoie recorded her 50th career point with the first of her two points, a second-period assist, Sept. 30 at Niagara. She enters the weekend with 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points.
Entering this week's games against Vermont and Dartmouth, O'Neill has three points, all on assists. She tallied two helpers in the Sept. 30 season opener at Niagara and had an assist Oct. 21 at St. Lawrence.
The Puck Stops Here
UNH has three goaltenders on its 2011-12 roster, but only senior Lindsey Minton entered the season with collegiate experience. Freshman Jenn Gilligan has immediately challenged Minton for playing time and fellow newcomer Moe Bradley completes the depth chart.
In fact, Gilligan has more than just challenged for playing time as she has received the starting nod in six of eight games. She made 21 saves in her Sept. 30 collegiate debut, a 6-4 victory at Niagara. In her next start, Gilligan stopped 19 shots to record her first career shutout in a 3-0 win against Colgate on Oct. 7. She made 24 saves to backbone UNH to a 1-1 tie against fifth-ranked Boston College at the Whittemore Center (Oct. 14) and then stopped a season-high 28 shots in the 2-2 tie at St. Lawrence (Oct. 21). She has a 2-2-2 record, 1.75 GAA and .920 save percentage.
Minton got the starting nod Oct. 1 at Niagara and stopped 22 of 24 shots to backbone the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory. It marked her 50th career game (48th start). In her second start, Minton made a season-high 30 saves, including 16 in the third period, in a 5-0 loss at fifth-ranked BC. It marked the fifth time in her career that Minton finished with 30+ saves.
Minton currently has a 30-16-2 lifetime record with a 1.91 GAA, .916 save percentage and seven shutouts.
No Longer Freshmen
Hannah Armstrong and Maggie Hunt are veterans on the 2011-12 squad despite their sophomore status. Armstrong, who is tied for third on the team in assists (two), opened the 2011-12 season with a two-point weekend at Niagara University. She scored a goal in the Sept. 30 opener, then tallied an assist Oct. 1. Armstrong tallied her third point of the season Oct. 14 with an assist in the 1-1 tie vs. 5th-ranked Boston College. She is tied for third on the team – and is first among forwards – in plus/minus at +2.
Hunt recorded her first point of the 2011-12 season with an assist on the Wildcats' only goal in a 2-1 loss to Syracuse at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 8.
Ten of 22 student-athletes on the 2011 UNH women's ice hockey roster hail from Canada. Hannah Armstrong, Kailey Chappell, Bryanna Farris, Nicole Gifford, Paige Goloubef, Jenna Lascelle, Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill are from Ontario, Jenn Gilligan hails from British Columbia and Heather Kashman is matriculating from Alberta.
These players account for 10 of the team's 17 goals (58.8%), 15 of 18 assists (83.3%) and 25 of 35 points (71.4%), as well as 63% of the minutes in goal.
On the Airwaves
A total of eight 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), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro), WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua).
It begins with the home opener Oct. 7 vs. Colgate and concludes with the final regular-season home game Feb. 12 against Providence.
Here is the schedule of games (listed time is start of broadcast):
Oct. 7 vs. Colgate (3-0 win)
Nov. 3 vs. Vermont, 6:55 pm
Nov. 25 vs. Maine, 6:55 pm
Nov. 29 vs. Union, 6:55 pm
Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth, 1:55 pm
Jan. 13 vs. UConn, 6:55 pm
Feb. 4 vs. Boston U., 1:55 pm
Feb. 12 vs. Providence, 1:55 pm
'Cats on TV
New Hampshire will have two of its home games broadcast live on WBIN-TV. You can catch the 'Cats on the tube Nov. 26 against Princeton as well as Jan. 28 against Vermont.
Scouting the Catamounts
The University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) enters Thursday night's game with a 1-4-4 overall record that includes 1-1-0 in Hockey East and 0-2-0 on the road. Last weekend, the Catamounts played host to Niagara University for a two-game series and skated to a pair of ties – UVM overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period last Friday (3-3 tie), then scored the game-tying goal with an extra-attacker goal with 23 seconds remaining in regulation (4-4 tie on Saturday).
Erin Wente has a team-high four goals and is one of four skaters tied for the lead in points with five; the others are Amanda Pelkey (2g, 3a), Breanne Sundquist (1g, 4a) and Meghan Huertas (5a).
The goaltending duties have been split between Roxanne Douville and Kelci Lanthier. Douville, who played both games last weekend vs. Niagara, has an 0-2-3 record with a 4.39 GAA and .872 save percentage; those numbers include the 9-1 and 4-1 losses at North Dakota. Kelci Lanthier is 1-2-1 in four games with a 2.94 GAA and .890 save percentage; she was in net for the two-game series against Providence College (3-2 win; 4-3 loss).
UVM has been outscored 14-3 in the second period, as well as 13-9 in the third; the goals are even, 8-8, in the first period.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) will take a 1-1-1 overall record into Sunday's intrastate matchup against UNH, which will be the Big Green's first home game of the season. DC is 1-0-1 in the ECAC and 0-1-0 against Hockey East teams (4-3 loss at Boston College). Last weekend, Dartmouth skated to a 2-2 tie at Clarkson (the Big Green lost a 2-0 third-period lead) and defeated St. Lawrence (1-0).
Kelly Foley is the team's only multiple-goal scorer with two, and she is tied with both Camille Dumais (1g, 2a) and Reagan Fischer (1g, 2a) atop the points leaderboard with three.
Lindsay Holdcroft has started all three games in net and her numbers include a 1.95 GAA and .935 save percentage; she made 24 saves to shut out SLU.
DC has outscored the opposition in both the first and second periods – 3-1 and 3-2, respectively – but the opposition has the 3-0 scoring edge in the final frame.
The only time Dartmouth has trailed this season was when BC scored the game-winning goal with 1.6 seconds remaining in the third period.