January 9, 2012

GAME DAY: Women's Hockey Resumes Season at Boston College (Jan. 10), Plays Host to UConn for Two (Jan. 13&14)

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The Matchups
    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team enters the 2012 portion of its schedule with a 6-12-3 overall record that includes 0-6-2 in Hockey East. UNH returns to action Jan. 10 (7 p.m.) at fourth-ranked Boston College (14-6-1, 7-2-1) and then plays host to UConn (3-13-5, 2-5-2) for a two-game series Jan. 13-14.
    UNH has a 44-6-5 overall record, including 0-1-1 this season, against Boston College. The Wildcats have a 23-3-2 road record vs. the Eagles and the 5-0 loss on Oct. 15 snapped a six game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) at Conte Forum that dated back to November 2006.
    BC is 3-0-2 in the past five games of this series with an aggregate score advantage of 11-3. New Hampshire last defeated the Eagles on Feb. 21, 2010; the 'Cats prevailed 4-1 that day at Conte Forum.
    In the first meeting of the season (Oct. 14 at the Whittemore Center), BC led 1-0 on a late first-period goal by Alex Carpenter, but UNH's Kristine Horn leveled the score on a goal midway through the second stanza. Both teams had a power-play opportunity in overtime, but the game ended in a 1-1 tie as UNH goalie Jenn Gilligan made 24 saves (three in OT) and BC's Corinne Boyles stopped 25 shots.
    One day later, both teams recorded five shots in a scoreless first period. Boston College scored a pair of second-period power-play goals to build a 2-0 lead and dominated the third period with a 19-5 shot advantage and three more goals (including another power-play tally). Lindsey Minton made 16 third-period saves and finished with 30 overall. Boyles was credited with 16 saves.
    UNH has a 31-5-4 lifetime record, including 1-2-0 last season, against UConn. The Wildcats have a 16-2-2 home record and had their 16-game home unbeaten streak (14-0-2) vs. the Huskies end November 2010 with a 1-0 loss at the Whittemore Center.
    That loss ended UNH's streak of six consecutive wins in the series as well as a 17-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2) that dated back to the 2005 Hockey East semifinals.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire has a 6-12-3 overall record that includes 0-6-2 in Hockey East and 3-8-1 on the road – 0-4-0 in Hockey East road games. UNH has been idle since Dec. 11, 2010, when the Wildcats scored five goals but lost 8-5 to intrastate rival Dartmouth College at the Whittemore Center. That goal output was New Hampshire's highest since also scoring five goals at Dartmouth on Nov. 6.
    UNH closes the regular season with 13 consecutive Hockey East league games. The home/away split is as close as possible (considering there is an odd number of games remaining) with seven home games and six road games.
    After going 1-for-4 on the penalty kill against Dartmouth on Dec. 11, the Wildcats have slipped from No. 10 in the nation to No. 21 in that statistic.
    New Hampshire remained unbeaten in overtime this season with its 3-3 tie against 10th-ranked Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 3. The Wildcats are now 2-0-3 in OT this season. Dating back to last year, the 'Cats are unbeaten in their last nine overtime games (4-0-5). UNH's last overtime loss was Oct. 9, 2010 (1-0 at Colgate).
    UNH's streak of five consecutive games with a power-play goal ended Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth when the 'Cats were scoreless on three power-play opportunities. New Hampshire went 6-for-23 (21.7%) in the five-game stretch.

Happy New Year
    UNH has a 28-4-2 record in first games of a new year and that includes 14-3-0 on the road. Last year, the Wildcats were defeated 4-2 at home by Northeastern (Jan. 9, 2011). The most recent "new year" road game was in 2009, when the 'Cats lost 5-0 at Providence. New Hampshire and Boston College have faced off twice in "new year" games. UNH won 8-0 on home ice in 1998 and by a score of 10-1 at BC in 1997.

On Second Thought
    UNH has 21 of its 45 in the second period. The third period is the Wildcats' second-highest scoring period with 12 goals.

'Cat Nips
    Freshman forward Jenna Lascelle recorded her first career multiple-goal game with a hat trick Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth. The three points also mark a personal best. With three goals on three shots, Lascelle climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in shooting percentage (.179).
    Freshman forward Kayla Mork had her first career multiple-assist effort with two against Dartmouth (Dec. 11). She has tallied four of her five points against the Big Green. Mork recorded a goal and an assist Nov. 6 at DC.
    Junior forward Kristina Lavoie has tallied a point four of the last five games (3g, 2a).
    Junior defenseman Kristine Horn has recorded a point five of the last six games (1g, 6a).
    Both sophomore defenseman Maggie Hunt and sophomore forward Nicole Gifford have a point in four of six games. Hunt has five points (2g, 3a) in that span while Gifford has totaled seven points (5g, 2a).
    Senior goaltender Lindsey Minton has played each of the last four games. She appeared in just three of the first 17 games of the season.
    In the faceoff circle, Nicole Gifford leads the team in both wins (232) and total faceoffs (427). Arielle O'Neill ranks second in both of those stats with 191 faceoff wins in 300 draws; of the three primary centers, O'Neill has the top winning percentage (.637); she had a particularly impressive game in the faceoff circle against Maine on Nov. 25, when she won 19 of 23 draws; O'Neill also controlled 9 of 11 faceoffs Nov. 29 against Union.

Wildcats in the Nation
    Here is how UNH stacks up against Boston College and UConn in the national statistics (34 teams; through Jan. 9):
                          UNH              BC           UConn
Offense (gpg)    26 (2.14)    13 (2.90)     32 (1.67)
Defense (gpg)    31 (3.86)    10 (2.00)    25 (2.95)
PP (%)              12 (.195)    13 (.181)    24 (.125)
PK (%)              21 (.838)    31 (.802)     5 (.880)

What Just Happened?
    An extended break is what just happened for the New Hampshire Wildcats, who have not played a game since an 8-5 loss on home ice to intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Dec. 11.
    UNH struck first in that game and took a 3-2 first-period lead on back-to-back goals by Kristine Horn and Jenna Lascelle in a span of 1 minute, 49 seconds. Dartmouth, however, netted a pair of late goals 56 seconds apart to take a 4-3 lead into the first intermission.
    Lascelle completed her hat trick and tied the score, 4-4, by scoring on a penalty shot early in the second period. The Big Green regained the lead less than four minutes later and struck again early in the third period to go ahead 6-4. Kristina Lavoie's unassisted tally lifted the Wildcats within one goal at 14:27, but the visitors responded with a goal 66 seconds later to reestablish a two-goal cushion. DC potted an empty-net goal with 27 seconds remaining to close the scoring.

What's Up Next?
    Following Tuesday's game at Boston College, the Wildcats begin a three-game homestand with a two-game series against UConn on Jan. 13-14. New Hampshire then plays host to Hockey East preseason favorite Boston University on Jan. 19.

Right at Home
    In seven games at the Whittemore Center, Jenn Gilligan has a 3-3-1 record with a 2.13 GAA, .896 save percentage and one shutout. In her most recent home game, Gilligan entered the Dec. 11 game vs. Dartmouth at the start of the second period with UNH trailing 4-3. She played the final two periods and made 16 saves, but allowed three goals and was charged with the loss in the 8-5 setback to the Big Green.
    In her home debut of the 2011-12 season, Lindsey Minton stopped 26 of 27 shots in a relief role to backbone UNH to a 3-3 tie in that Dec. 3 game vs. NU. She did not duplicate that success in her only other home game, as Minton made nine first-period saves but allowed four goals and exited the Dec. 11 game vs. Dartmouth with the 'Cats trailing 4-3 at the first intermission.
    Kristine Horn (4g, 4a), Jenna Lascelle (4g, 3a) and Nicole Gifford (3g, 4a) are the top point producers at the Whittemore Center this season.

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 serve as alternate captains. All three were named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Academic Team.
    Chappell logs innumerable minutes as the backbone of the Wildcats' defensive unit and penalty kill. She tallied her first point of the season with an assist in UNH's 3-2 overtime victory against Union College (Nov. 29 at the Whittemore Center). Chappell recorded her second point of the season with another assist Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth.
    Brock is also an integral part of the defense and penalty kill. She has one point this season with an assist in the team's 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 6.
    Gifford, with seven points (5g, 2a) the past six games, has climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in goals (eight), power-play goals (four) and points (17); she is also second in assists (nine) and ranks third in both shots (56) and shooting percentage (.143).
    Gifford, who recorded an assist each of the first four games, has tallied a point in 12 of 21 games with four multiple-point efforts. She scored three goals Nov. 26 vs. Princeton University for her first career multiple-goal game, and the three points also marked a personal best. Gifford then matched her personal best of two assists Nov. 29 against Union College. She had previously tallied a career-high two assists at fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12).

Providing "O" From The D
    Kristine Horn opened the season as a forward but has skated as a defenseman each of the last eight games (began Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota). Overall, the junior is tied for the team lead in points (17) and has a team-best 10 assists. She is tied for second in goals (seven), third in power-play goals (three) and second in shots (64).
    Horn has recorded a point in five of eight games as a defenseman and carries a three-game point-scoring streak into 2012. She ended 2011 with a goal vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 11); Horn had tallied an assist each of the previous two games at Harvard (Dec. 9) and at Northeastern (Dec. 4). Horn recorded consecutive two-assist performances against Princeton (Nov. 26) and Union (Nov. 29); the two assists match her personal best.
    Horn recorded her 50th career point (19g, 31a) with the second of her two points Nov. 29 against Union College at the Whittemore Center.
    She opened the 2011-12 season with a five-game goal-scoring streak and has recorded a point in 13 of 21 games with four multiple-point efforts, including 1g, 1a against both Niagara (Oct. 1) and fifth-ranked Boston U. (Nov. 12).
    Horn is the team's top scorer in Hockey East league play with five points (2g, 3a) in eight games.

Forward Thinking
    Kristina Lavoie, last year's team leader in both assists and points, is once again one of the team's top point producers. Lavoie ranks third in points (13), is tied for second in goals (seven), is fourth in assists (six), and is atop the leaderboard in shots (66); she has two game-winning goals and two power-play goals. Lavoie has three two-point games (Sept. 30 at Niagara; Oct. 7 vs. Colgate; Dec. 9 at Harvard). She scored a goal in back-to-back games against Union College (Nov. 29) and 10th-ranked Northeastern University (Dec. 3). Lavoie closed December by matching her career high in assists (two) at Harvard and scoring a goal vs. Dartmouth.
    Lavoie recorded her 50th career point with the first of her two points, a second-period assist, Sept. 30 at Niagara. She enters the week with 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 points to lead all active players in both goals and points (and rank second in assists).
    Entering Tuesday's game at BC, Arielle O'Neill has eight points on one goal and seven assists, which ranks third on the team. She tallied two helpers in the Sept. 30 season opener at Niagara and matched that personal best of two assists Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth. O'Neill also tallied an assist in the 5-4 overtime win at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6.

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 immediately challenged Minton for playing time and fellow newcomer Moe Bradley completes the depth chart.
    Gilligan, in fact, has more than just challenged for playing time as she has received the starting nod in 14 of 21 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). Gilligan matched that personal best of 28 saves in a 5-2 loss at fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12).
    In the two-game series at second-ranked Minnesota (Nov. 18-19), she started both games and played a total of three periods. In the opener, Gilligan made 27 saves and surrendered eight goals in 40 minutes. One day later, she made 17 first-period saves and exited the game with UNH trailing 3-0 at the first intermission.
    Gilligan's season numbers include a 5-7-2 record, 3.20 GAA, .872 save percentage and one shutout.
    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 played five of six periods (plus the overtime session) in a home-and-home series against 10th-ranked Northeastern University. She helped backbone UNH to a 3-3 tie at home against NU on Dec. 3; she played the second, third and overtime periods and stopped 26 of 27 shots. Minton played all three periods of the 5-1 road loss on Dec. 4 in which she made 22 saves and allowed four goals.
    Overall in seven games (five starts), Minton is 1-3-1 with a 4.11 GAA and .861 save percentage.
    Bradley made a relief appearance three consecutive games spanning Nov. 13-19 prior to making her first career start Nov. 25 against Maine. She made her collegiate debut Nov. 13 at Providence with a relief stint of 28 minutes, 1 second and finished with 18 saves, including 14 in the third period, and allowed two goals.
    In the two-game series at second-ranked Minnesota, Bradley stopped 11 of 14 third-period shots on Nov. 18, then made a career-high 29 saves with 11 stops in the second period and 18 in the third; she allowed three goals in that game.
    Bradley made 18 saves in her start against Maine (3-0 loss). Her overall numbers include 0-2-0, 5.10 GAA and .861 save percentage in five games (two starts).

Stepping It Up In Second Year
    Sophomore defenseman Maggie Hunt emerged as one of the team's top point producers at the end of the 2011 calendar year with seven points (3g, 4a) in 10 games. Hunt is UNH's top-scoring defenseman with nine points (4g, 5a) in 21 games; she tallied 2-2-4 in 30 games last year as a freshman. She quarterbacks the power play and her team rankings include tied for first in power-play goals (four), tied for fourth in points, fourth in shots (55) and fifth in assists.
    Hunt tallied a point on four of the team's five goals spanning Nov. 13-26, then scored the game-winning power-play goal in overtime against Union College on Nov. 29. In the last weekend of action in December,  she scored a goal at Harvard (Dec. 9).
    Hunt recorded personal bests in both assists and points with a two-assist effort Nov. 26 against Princeton. Hunt scored a goal Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota.
    She 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. She scored the team's only goal against Vermont on Nov. 3 (4-1 loss at the Whittemore Center).
    Hannah Armstrong, who has missed each of the last 13 games, 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.

Immediate Impact
    Four members of the freshman class have skated in all 21 games, while three others have skated in 20, 19 and 18 games. Freshman goaltender Jenn Gilligan has seen action in 15 games (14 starts) and Moe Bradley has played in five games (two starts). Jenna Lascelle (5g, 4a) and Heather Kashman (5g, 3a) are the top point producers and Kayla Mork (1g, 4a) has contributed five points. Caroline Broderick (1g) and Brynja Bogan (1g, 1a) have seen significant minutes as part of the defensive unit and Jess Ryan has also patrolled the blue line. In the last six games played, Ryan has skated as a forward. Broderick also made the transition three consecutive games before missing the Nov. 29 game against Union; she continued on the front line upon returning to action for the Dec. 3-4 home-and-home series against Northeastern University.

Five A's For The D
    The defensive corps combined to record all five of the team's assists in the 3-1 victory against Princeton (Nov. 26). Kristine Horn and Maggie Hunt tallied two assists apiece and Brynja Bogan had one helper.
    The Wildcats' D tallied four of the team's nine points against Union (Nov. 29) with a goal and three assists. Horn once again recorded two goals while Hunt scored the game-winning goal in overtime and Kailey Chappell had an assist.
    At least one blueliner factored in nine consecutive goals spanning Nov. 13 –Dec. 3.

A Matter Of Class
    Here is a glance at the class breakdown (excluding goalies) with number of players per class indicated in parenthesis:
                             G (%)           A (%)        P (%)
Senior (1)              3   (7%)      4   (6%)     7   (7%)
Junior (6)             15 (33%)    23 (37%)    38 (35%)
Sophomore (5)     14 (31%)    23 (37%)    37 (35%)
Freshman (7)       13 (29%)    12 (19%)    25 (23%)

O, Canada
    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 28 of the team's 45 goals (62.2%), 37 of 62 assists (59.7%) and 65 of 107 points (60.7%), as well as 61.6% 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 (4-1 loss)
  Nov. 26 vs. Princeton (3-1 win)
  Nov. 29 vs. Union (3-2 win, OT)
  Dec. 11 vs. Dartmouth (8-5 loss)
  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.

UNH records 700th win
    UNH, now in its 35th year at the varsity level, is the winningest women's college hockey program in the United States with an overall record of 707-203-69 for a .757 winning percentage. The Wildcats attained the most recent century milestone Feb. 3, 2011 with a 4-2 road victory against third-ranked Boston University.
    In 34 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 made five consecutive NCAA tourney appearances (2006-10) with two trips to the Frozen Four in that span.
    Here is a time line for each century mark:
Mark    Date    Opponent    Result    Game #    Record
1st win    12/03/77    Colby    8-4    1    1-0-0
100    02/02/83    at Dartmouth    7-1    103    100-1-2
200    01/15/89    St. Lawrence    5-2    227    200-20-7
300    11/27/94    vs. Providence    5-2    371    300-55-16
400    11/21/98    at Yale    9-2    506    400-80-26
500    02/02/03    Providence    4-1    668    500-131-37
600    01/13/07    Maine    3-1    806    600-155-51
700    02/03/11    at Boston U.    4-2    953    700-189-64

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 202-48-26 home record, which calculates to a .779 winning percentage.

Scouting the Eagles
    Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), ranked No. 4 in the most recent USCHO.com Poll, enters Tuesday's game with a 14-6-1 overall record following last Friday's 3-2 win against Clarkson. One day earlier, the Eagles were defeated 2-1 by St. Lawrence (at Northeastern). The Eagles are 7-2-1 in Hockey East and 7-2-1 on the road, including a 1-1 tie at UNH on Oct. 14, 2011.
    Alex Carpenter (12g, 11a) leads a group of 10 double-digit point producers. She is followed by Emily Field (5g, 12a), Jackie Young (5g, 8a), Dru Burns (2g, 11a), Taylor Wasylk (7g, 5a), and Mary Restuccia (2g, 10a).
    Corinne Boyles has started all 21 games in goal. She is 14-6-1 with a 2.01 GAA, .922 save percentage and three shutouts.
    BC has scored the game's first goal 12 times in 20 games and is 9-2-1 when taking a 1-0 lead. Eight games have been decided by one goal, and the Eagles are 5-3 in those games; five of their last six games have been one-goal margins. They are a strong third-period team; they have scored the most goals (23) and surrendered the fewest (11) in that final frame.

Scouting the Huskies
    The University of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.) enters this week's action with a 3-13-5 overall record following last Saturday's 1-1 tie against Brown. The Huskies conclude a three-game homestand – they opened January with an 8-1 home loss to Harvard – against Union College on Jan. 10.
    UConn opened the season with a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) and also lost six consecutive games spanning Oct. 28 to Nov. 19. The Huskies are 2-2-3 in the last seven games, but they are winless in eight road games (0-5-3). They have been shut out five times this season.
    The top point producers are Emily Snodgrass (5g, 7a), Kayla Campero (6g, 4a), Sami Evelyn (4g, 6a), Jocelyn Slattery (4g, 5a) and Maggie Walsh (1g, 8a).
    The goaltending duties have been split by senior Alexandra Garcia and sophomore Nicole Paniccia. Garcia has 11 starts (12 overall games played) with a 0-6-4 record, 2.87 GAA and .915 save percentage. Paniccia is 3-7-1 with a 2.50 GAA, .925 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games (10 starts).
    UConn is winless when: falling behind 1-0 (0-11-1), trailing at the end of one period (0-7-0); and trailing at the second intermission (0-9-1). Connecticut is also winless in games decided by one goal (0-4).

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