GAME NOTES: Women's Hockey Plays Home-and-Home Series against Vermont

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team plays a home-and-home series this weekend against the University of Vermont. The teams face off at UNH's Whittemore Center on Jan. 28, then conclude the weekend Jan. 29 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Both games begin at 2 p.m. and are part of Hockey East's Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer fund raising initiative.
    Saturday's game at UNH will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV.
    New Hampshire has a 25-3-0 lifetime record against Vermont. UNH went 12-0-0 vs. the Catamounts in their first four years as a Hockey East member (2006-09 seasons), but UVM has recorded one victory vs. the Wildcats each of the past three seasons and that includes a 4-1 win at the Whittemore Center earlier this season (Nov. 3). That game marked Vermont's first win in Durham in 16 games, and UNH has a 10-2-0 road record in this series.
    Back on Nov. 3, UVM struck twice in the opening 10 minutes of the game on goals by Chelsea Rapin (at 5:58) and Kellie Dineen (9:50). UNH netted a power-play goal at 3:37 of the second stanza and the Wildcats trailed 2-1 at the second intermission despite a 21-13 shot advantage. Vermont reestablished a two-goal lead at 8:22 of the third period and closed the scoring at 14:50. UNH finished with a 34-19 edge in shots, went 1-for-4 on the power play and 6 of 6 on the penalty kill. Jenn Gilligan was in net for the Wildcats; Roxanne Douville stopped 13 shots in both the second and third periods defending the UVM cage.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire has a 9-14-3 overall record with a breakdown of 6-4-2 at home and 3-10-1 on the road. The Wildcats are currently sixth in the Hockey East standings with a 3-8-2 overall record, but the 'Cats are 3-1-0 the past four league games.
    UNH won three consecutive games – all at home – spanning Jan. 13-19 to match its longest winning streak of the season. The Wildcats opened the season with three straight Ws.
    New Hampshire netted three second-period goals Jan. 19 against Boston U. It tied the second-highest, single-period output by the Wildcats this season. They previously netted three first-period goals vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 11) and potted five second-period goals in the season opener at Niagara University on Sept. 30.
    UNH's penalty kill was perfect (10-for-10) three games into the 2012 calendar year and extended the streak to 11 consecutive kills in January before Boston University netted a second-period power-play goal Jan. 19. The Terriers went 1-for-4 in that game.
    UNH recorded a season-high 35 shots in the 5-1 victory Jan. 14 vs. UConn at the Whittemore Center. The 'Cats limited UConn to 15 shots in the 1-0 win (Jan. 13), and that total marked the second lowest by an opponent this season.
    New Hampshire had been 0-12-1 when scoring less than three goals prior to prevailing 1-0 on Jan. 13 vs. UConn. UNH improved to 4-2 in one-goal games with that victory.

'Cat Nips
    Three of senior forward Emma Clark's five goals this season have been game-winning tallies. She scored her second game-winning goal of the season in UNH's 1-0 victory against UConn (Jan. 13) and netted the game-winner Jan. 19 vs. Boston University.
    The line of Kristina Lavoie, Nicole Gifford and Jenna Lascelle has been highly productive in its seven-game string together (Dec. 9 through Jan. 19). The three skaters have combined for 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Lavoie (4g, 6a) is averaging 1.43 points per game, followed by Lascelle (6g, 3a) at 1.29 ppg and Gifford (2g, 2a) at 0.57 ppg.
    Lascelle recorded a goal and career-high two assists to match her personal best of three points Jan. 19 against Boston University.
    Lindsey Minton has started six consecutive games dating back to the Dec. 11 game against Dartmouth. She made 36 saves last Saturday at seventh-ranked Northeastern to mark her third-highest career total. Minton finished with a personal best of 39 saves Jan. 10 at Boston College.

Wildcats in the Nation
    Here is how UNH stacks up against the University of Vermont in the national statistics (34 teams; through Jan. 26):
                          UNH          UVM
Offense (gpg)    25 (2.19)    31 (1.79)
Defense (gpg)    30 (3.69)    31 (3.75)
PP (%)              11 (.186)    33 (.079)
PK (%)              15 (.844)    28 (.820)

What Just Happened?
    UNH was defeated 8-0 at seventh-ranked Northeastern University in a Jan. 21 game that was webcast live on ESPN3. The Huskies led 4-0 with a 19-1 shot advantage at the first intermission, then potted two goals in both the second and third periods. UNH goalie Lindsey Minton finished with 36 saves – the third-highest, single-game total of her career. NU goalie Florence Schelling stopped 17 shots, including 10 in the third period, to become the fourth goalie to shut out the 'Cats this season.
    UNH is now 0-7-2 against nationally-ranked teams with ties against Boston College (1-1 on Oct. 14) and Northeastern (3-3 on Dec. 3). The Wildcats have been outscored 48-10 in those nine games.

What's Up Next?
    Following this weekend's home-and-home series against Vermont, the UNH Wildcats play host to Boston University on Feb. 4 (2 p.m.) and then travel to play UConn (Feb. 5; 2 p.m.), which will conclude the season series against both teams.

Right at Home
    New Hampshire has scored three or more goals six times in its last seven home games and is 5-1-1 in that span. The Wildcats netted three goals in consecutive games against Princeton (3-1 win), Union (3-2 win) and Northeastern (3-3 tie), then potted five goals in a loss to Dartmouth. Last weekend vs. UConn, they prevailed 1-0 and 5-1 and Thursday UNH was a 4-2 victor against Boston University.
    Lindsey Minton is unbeaten at home this season. In five games, she has a 3-0-1 record with a 1.97 GAA, .927 save percentage and one shutout.
    Jenna Lascelle (6g, 5a), Kristine Horn (5g, 5a), Nicole Gifford (4g, 6a) and Kristina Lavoie (4g, 6a) are the top point producers at the Whittemore Center.

Road Woes
    UNH is 3-10-1 on the road this season and has lost eight consecutive road games dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6, 2011. Six of those eight games were to nationally-ranked teams, (BU, two vs. Minnesota, two vs. Northeastern, BC) and another was to a team currently in the top 10 (Harvard).

Wins & Losses
    Here is a statistical comparison of UNH's wins (nine games) and losses (14):
                             Win       Loss
Offense (gpg)          3.7       1.3
Defense (gpg)         1.8       5.3
Shots (per game)    27.6     22.3
Opp. shots/game    21.9     32.9
Power play             .250     .160
Penalty kill             .905     .787

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 opened the 2012 calendar year by recording her first career multiple-point game with two assists at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. Chappell 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) and 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. Her first point came on an assist in the team's 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 6. She scored her first collegiate goal with a third-period tally Jan. 14 at the Whittemore Center against UConn.
    Gifford, with 10 points (6g, 4a) the past 11 games, has climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in goals (nine) and points (20). She is also atop the leaderboard in power-play goals (four) and is tied for second in assists (11), is third in shots (68) and fourth in shooting percentage (.132).
    Gifford, who recorded an assist each of the first four games, has tallied a point in 14 of 26 games with five 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 12 games played (began Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota); she missed the Jan. 10 game at Boston College.
    Overall, the junior is tied for second in both goals (eight) and assists (11), and is third in points (19). She is tied for third in power-play goals (three) and is second in shots (76).
    Horn has recorded a point five of the last seven games and in seven of 10 with two goals and seven assists in those 10 games. She scored the game-winning goal Jan. 14 vs. UConn when her first-period goal broke a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-1 victory.
    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 15 of 25 games with four multiple-point efforts, including 1g, 1a against both Niagara (Oct. 1) and fifth-ranked Boston U. (Nov. 12).

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 is atop the leaderboard in both assists (12) and shots (79), and is tied for first in points (20); she is also tied for second in goals (eight), second in game-winning goals (two) and tied for third in power-play goals (three).
    Lavoie has been red-hot in January with seven points (1g, 6a) in five games. She has recorded a point seven of the last 10 games with four multiple-point efforts and a total of 12 points (4g, 8a) in that span. She tallied five assists the past two games with a career-high three vs. UConn (Jan. 14) and two against Boston University (Jan. 19); the three points vs. UConn matched her personal best.
    Lavoie has a point in 14 of 26 games with six multiple-point efforts.
    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 35 goals and 34 assists for 69 points to lead all active players in both goals and points (and tie for the lead in assists).
    Entering the weekend series against Vermont, Arielle O'Neill has nine points on one goal and eight assists, which ranks fourth 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.
    Minton, who played in just three of the first 17 games of the season, has played each of the last nine games and that includes a start in all five January games (six consecutive starts overall). She had a particularly strong start this month with a 3-1-0 record, 1.75 GAA, .938 save percentage and one shutout spanning Jan. 10-19.
    Minton made double-digit saves all three periods (15-11-13) Jan. 10 at fourth-ranked Boston College for a career high total of 39 to surpass her previous season high of 30 (Oct. 15 at BC) and previous benchmark of 37 (Nov. 28, 2010 vs. BC).
    Minton followed that by stopping 39 of 40 shots in a two-game weekend sweep of UConn in which she recorded her first shutout of the season with a 15-save effort at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 13. She then made 24 saves in a 5-1 victory Jan. 14.
    Overall in 12 games (10 starts), Minton is 4-5-1 with a 3.20 GAA and .872 save percentage. In nine Hockey East league games, she is 3-5-1 with a 3.52 GAA and. .888 save percentage. Her GAA and save percentage changed dramatically despite a 36-save effort (her third-highest single-game total) at seventh-ranked Northeastern on Jan. 21 – the Huskies scored eight goals that game.
    Minton received 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 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.
    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 first 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).
    Gilligan has received the starting nod in 14 of 26 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.

The Emma-nator
    Senior forward Emma Clark has been a consistent producer for the 'Cats in December in January. She has recorded a point in five of nine games with a total of six points (2g, 4a). She recorded a three-game point-scoring streak from Jan. 13-19 with two goals (both game-winners) and an assist. Clark opened the month of December with a career-high two assists – the two points matched a personal best – against Northeastern.
    In 26 games, Clark has tallied 10 points on five goals and five assists – her previous three-year totals were three goals and six assists for nine points (92 games). She leads all Wildcats in game-winning goals (three) and ranks third on the team in shooting percentage (.161) and fifth in points.

Facing Off
    In the faceoff circle, Nicole Gifford leads the team in both wins (278) and total faceoffs (529). Arielle O'Neill ranks second in both of those stats with 248 faceoff wins in 388 draws; of the three primary centers, O'Neill has the top winning percentage (.639); 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. In four games spanning Jan. 10-19, O'Neill won 49 of 73 faceoffs (67.1%).

Immediate Impact
    Three members of the freshman class have skated in all 26 games, while others have skated in 25, 23 and 22 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 is the rookie leader in goals (eight), assists (seven) and points (15). With those numbers, she is tied for second overall in goals and is fourth in points. Lascelle leads the team in shooting percentage (.195). She has tallied nine points (6g, 3a) the past six games and that includes her first career multiple-goal game, a hat trick vs. Dartmouth on Dec. 11, and a three-point effort (1g, career-high two assists) against Boston University on Jan. 19.
    Heather Kashman (6g, 3a) and Kayla Mork (2g, 5a) are the other top rookie point producers. Kashman opened her career with a point in three consecutive games (2g, 1a), whereas Mork has recorded four of her seven points the past six games; she has tallied one goal and three assists during this span with a personal-best two assists vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 11) and 1g, 1a against UConn (Jan. 14).
    Caroline Broderick's three-game point-scoring streak (1g, 2a) came to an end last Saturday (Jan. 21) at Northeastern. She displayed her versatility the opening week of January, when she skated as a defenseman Jan. 10 at fourth-ranked Boston College and as the third-line center for the two-game series vs. UConn (Jan. 13-14). She had three blocked shots at BC and then tallied an assist on the only goal of the Jan. 13 win and a goal in the Jan. 14 victory (5-1 score). Broderick opened the season on the blue line and was transitioned to forward Nov. 19 at Minnesota and remained there until Jan. 10 (a span of seven games). Her season split is 11 games at forward (1g, 2a) and 14 games as a D (1g).
    Brynja Bogan (1g, 1a) has logged innumerable minutes on the blue line as a defenseman. Jess Ryan has patrolled the blue line and skated as a forward. Ryan was a winger the last six games of the 2011 calendar year before returning to D in the first game of 2012 (Jan. 10 at BC) and has been on the blue line all five January games.

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)             5   (8%)    5   (6%)     10   (7%)
Junior (6)            18 (32%)    36 (43%)    54 (38%)
Sophomore (5)    15 (26%)    26 (31%)    41 (29%)
Freshman (7)      19 (33%)    18 (21%)    37 (26%)

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 35 of the team's 57 goals (61.4%), 54 of 85 assists (63.5%) and 89 of 142 points (62.7%), as well as 49.9% 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 (1-0 win)
  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.

    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).

Triple Double
    New Hampshire recorded double-digit shots all three periods against UConn on Jan. 14. The Wildcats tallied 10 shots in the first period, followed by 13 in the second and 12 in the third for a total of 35.
    That marked just the second time this season UNH accomplished that feat. It previously happened Nov. 25 vs. Maine with 10-12-10–32. The Wildcats lost that game 3-0 despite a 32-21 shot advantage.
    Both games were at the Whittemore Center.

3 For 6
    Three players combined to record all six points in UNH's 4-2 loss at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. Kristina Lavoie and Jenna Lascelle both tallied a goal and an assist while Kailey Chappell finished with two assists.

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 205-48-26 home record, which calculates to a .781 winning percentage.

Scouting the Catamounts
    The University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) enters the weekend series vs. UNH with a 3-15-6 overall record with a breakdown of 1-6-6 at home and 2-9-0 on the road. The Catamounts, who are 2-9-2 in Hockey East, have lost five consecutive games and are winless (0-5-2) since defeating Colgate University, 3-0, on Nov. 27; that win snapped a six-game losing streak. UVM has been outscored 25-6 in the current five-game losing streak, including 6-2 at Boston University and 5-1 at Northeastern last weekend.
    Chelsea Rapin (6g, 6a), Amanda Pelkey (3g, 7a) and Meghan Huertas (1g, 9a) are the three Catamounts who have reached double digits in points. Kellie Dineen is tied for the team lead in goals (six) and is tied with Krystal Bauman (4g, 5a) and Emily Walsh (3g, 6a) at nine points.
    Roxanne Douville has started 17 of 24 games (18 games played overall) and is 2-10-5 with a 3.56 GAA, .895 save percentage and one shutout. Kelci Lanthier, who started last Sunday's game at Northeastern, is 1-5-1 with a 3.71 GAA and .874 save percentage in nine games (seven starts).
    UVM has scored three or more goals in a game just seven times in 24 games, and that includes the 4-1 win at UNH (on Nov. 3). The Catamounts have been outscored 90-43, including 39-12 in the second period.

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