Game Notes: Women's Hockey Plays Host to BU (Feb. 4) & Travels To UConn (Feb. 5)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES

The Matchups
    The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team plays host to Hockey East preseason favorite Boston University on Feb. 4 and then travels to play the University of Connecticut on Feb. 5. Both games begin at 2 p.m.
    Saturday's game will be broadcast on The Wildcat Sports Radio Network. And as part of Hockey East's 10-year celebration, UNH alums from the Hockey East era will be in attendance.
    New Hampshire has a 19-6-3 lifetime record, including 1-1-0 this season, against Boston University. The Wildcats have a 9-2-2 home mark in this series, but the Terriers have the 2-1-2 edge in the last five games at the Whittemore Center. In the last three years, UNH has 2-4-2 record vs. Boston U.; prior to that, the 'Cats won 16 consecutive games.
    These teams faced off Jan. 19 at the Whittemore Center and the Wildcats were 4-2 victors behind multiple-point efforts from Jenna Lascelle (1g, 2a) and Kristina Lavoie (2a) as well as Lindsey Minton's 27-save performance that included 13 stops in the third period, when BU recorded a 13-3 shot advantage (but UNH netted the only goal of the period, Lascelle's power-play tally at 6:14). The Terriers took an early 1-0 lead and held that one-goal advantage until the Wildcats potted goals at 9:20 and 11:24 of the second stanza; BU tied the game at 13:07, but UNH regained the lead at 16:30 to take a 3-2 advantage into the second intermission.
    New Hampshire has a 33-5-4 lifetime record, including 2-0-0 this season, against UConn. The Wildcats have a 14-2-2 record vs. the Huskies at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum; UNH's eight-game road unbeaten streak (7-0-1) ended Nov. 14, 2010 with a 2-1 loss to the Huskies. UConn won last year's season series, 2-1-0, but UNH has the 8-2-0 edge the past 10 meetings.
    In the two-game series at UNH, the Wildcats won 1-0 (Jan. 13) and 5-1 (Jan. 14). Lindsey Minton made 15 saves to record her first shutout of the season – and eighth of her career –on Friday the 13th; UConn counterpart Alexandra Garcia made 13 of her 20 saves in the first period. The lone goal of the game was scored by Emma Clark at 6:45 of the first period.
    The following day, Caroline Broderick gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at 8:39 of the first period. UConn's Maggie Walsh leveled the score at 13:30, but Kristine Horn scored less than three minutes later (at 15:53) to give New Hampshire a lead it would not relinquish. Jenna Lascelle struck 45 seconds into the second period and Kayla Mork scored late in the stanza to extend the advantage to 4-1; Katie Brock scored her first collegiate goal –and Katie Kleinendorst tallied her first point – in the third period to close the scoring. Kristina Lavoie recorded a career-high three assists. Minton was credited with 24 saves and Garcia stopped 30 shots defending the UConn cage.

Lavoie Tabbed Hockey East Player of the Week
    Kristina Lavoie was selected Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week by Hockey East on Jan. 30. It marked the second time in three weeks Lavoie received that honor.
    Lavoie factored in four of the team's five goals last week with three goals and an assist in the two-game series against Vermont. She recorded her first career hat trick with three goals in last Saturday's 4-2 victory; she scored the first two goals of the game, as well as the tally that gave UNH a 4-0 lead.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire has a 10-15-3 overall record that includes 4-9-2 in Hockey East, 7-4-2 at home and 3-11-1 on the road (4-2-2 in Hockey East home games; 0-7-0 in Hockey East road games).
    UNH won its fourth consecutive home game with a 4-2 victory Jan. 28 against the University of Vermont at the Whittemore Center. The next day, UNH lost its ninth consecutive road game with a 2-1 loss at UVM.
    The Wildcats recorded a season-high 38 shots Jan. 28 against Vermont in a 4-2 win on home ice. The previous high of 35 was in the Jan. 14th victory – also at home – against UConn.
    UNH's penalty kill was a perfect 12-for-12 in last weekend's home-and-home series against Vermont. The Wildcats' PK was 27 of 29 (93.1%) in seven January games.
    New Hampshire went 4-3-0 in January. The Wildcats averaged 2.43 goals per game on 24.9 shots per game while surrendering 2.71 goals per game and 29.9 shots per game. UNH netted seven goals in both the first and second periods, but just three in the third.
    With 28 goals in the second period, UNH has scored nearly half its 62 goals in the middle stanza; the actual number is 45%.
    UNH is one of four Division I teams that has not scored a shorthanded goal this season (34 teams overall).

'Cat Nips
    Kristina Lavoie recorded her first career hat trick Jan. 28 against Vermont. The three points also matched a personal best.
    Kristine Horn, Nicole Gifford and Jenna Lascelle all matched a career high of two assists Jan. 28 vs. UVM.
    Lavoie and Lascelle are both averaging one point per game at the Whittemore Center (13 points/13 games).
    Lindsey Minton recorded 30+ saves for the fourth time this season with a 30-save effort in UNH's 2-1 loss at Vermont on Jan. 29.
    The line of Lavoie, Nicole Gifford and Lascelle has been highly productive in its nine-game string together (Dec. 9 through Jan. 29). The three skaters have combined for 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points. Lavoie (7g, 7a) is averaging 1.56 points per game, followed by Lascelle (6g, 6a) at 1.33 ppg and Gifford (3g, 4a) at 0.78 ppg.
    Lascelle recorded three points, all on assists, in last weekend's two-game series vs. UVM. She set up the game-winning tally – the second of two goals in the final minute of the first period – as well as the goal that gave UNH a 4-0 lead en route to Saturday's 4-2 victory to match her personal best of two assists. Lascelle also set up UNH's only goal Sunday

Wildcats in the Nation
    Here is how UNH stacks up against Boston University and the University of Connecticut in the national statistics (34 teams; through Feb. 2):
                        UNH              BU           UConn
Offense (gpg)    24 (2.21)    17 (2.79)    32 (1.50)
Defense (gpg)    30 (3.57)    21 (2.64)    24 (2.89)
PP (%)              11 (.183)    15 (.176)    29 (.105)
PK (%)              11 (.858)     4 (.880)      2 (.902)

What Just Happened?
    UNH split a home-and-home series against the University of Vermont with both home teams successfully defending its ice. The Wildcats – led by Kristina Lavoie's three goals and two-assist efforts by Nicole Gifford, Kristine Horn and Jenna Lascelle – skated to a 4-2 victory Jan. 28 at the Whittemore Center. UNH, which built a four-goal lead 26 minutes into the game, recorded a 38-21 shot advantage, went 1-for-3 on the power play and 7 of 7 on the penalty kill. UVM prevailed 2-1 at Gutterson Fieldhouse with a 32-20 shot advantage (15-6 in the second period); the Catamounts fell behind 1-0 in the final minute of the first period, then netted a goal in both the second and third periods to rally to victory. Lindsey Minton stopped 49 of 53 shots for a .925 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against-average.
What's Up Next?
    Following this weekend's action, the Wildcats play host to longtime rival Providence College on Feb. 11-12. UNH will recognize its two-member senior class (Emma Clark and Lindsey Minton) prior to the Sunday, Feb. 12 game.

Right at Home
    New Hampshire has scored three or more goals seven times in its last eight home games and is 6-1-1 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. They prevailed 1-0 and 5-1 against UConn , was a 4-2 victor against Boston University (Jan. 19) and most recently upended Vermont, also by a score of 4-2, on Jan. 28.
    Lindsey Minton is unbeaten at home this season. In six games, she has a 4-0-1 record with a 1.98 GAA, .923 save percentage and one shutout.
    Kristina Lavoie (7g, 6a), Jenna Lascelle (6g, 7a), Kristine Horn (5g, 7a) and Nicole Gifford (4g, 8a) are the top point producers at the Whittemore Center.
Road Woes
    UNH is 3-11-1 on the road this season and has lost nine consecutive road games dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory at Dartmouth College on Nov. 6, 2011. Six of those nine 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).

One For You, One For Me
    Nicole Gifford has been equal playmaker and finisher in her career with 15 assists and 15 goals. Kristina Lavoie's ratio is almost even at 38 goals and 35 assists.

Wins & Losses
    Here is a statistical comparison of UNH's wins (10 games) and losses (15):
                            Win        Loss
Offense (gpg)        3.7          1.3
Defense (gpg)       1.8          5.1
Shots (per game)  28.6       22.1
Opp. shots/game   21.8       32.8
Power play           .257       .148
Penalty kill           .918       .803

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, and she has contributed five points –all on assists. Last weekend, she tallied an assist in the 4-2 win against UVM (on Jan. 28). Chappell opened the 2012 calendar year by recording her first career multiple-point game with two assists at fourth-ranked Boston College on Jan. 10. 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) 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 and tallied her third point of the season with an assist Jan. 28 vs. UVM (a 4-2 victory).
    Gifford, with 13 points (7g, 6a) the past 13 games, has climbed to the top of the team leaderboard in assists (13 overall); she is also second in both goals (10) and points (23), is tied for second in shots (79) and is tied for the lead in power-play goals (four).
    In the Jan. 28-29 series against Vermont, she factored in three of the team's five goals with two assists (Jan. 28) and a goal (Jan. 29).
    Gifford, who recorded an assist each of the first four games, has tallied a point in 16 of 28 games with six multiple-point efforts (including four two-assist performances). 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 14 games played (began Nov. 19 at second-ranked Minnesota); she missed the Jan. 10 game at Boston College.
    Overall, the junior is tied for the team lead in assists (13) and ranks third in both goals (eight) and points (21); she is also tied for second in shots (79) and tied for fourth in power-play goals (three).
    Horn has recorded a point six of the last eight games and in eight of 12 with two goals and nine assists in those 12 games. Last weekend, she matched her personal best of two assists vs. UVM on Jan. 28 at the Whittemore Center. 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 16 of 26 games with five 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 goals (11), assists (13) and points (24), as well as shots (87); she is also tied for the lead in power-play goals (four) and is second in game-winning goals (two).
    Lavoie was red-hot in January with 11 points (4g, 7a) in seven games, and she was twice named the Athletic Republic Player of the Week in January by Hockey East. Last weekend, she recorded her first career hat trick and matched her personal best of three points in a 4-2 win against Vermont, then tallied an assist on the team's lone goal at UVM.
    She has recorded a point nine of the last 12 games with five multiple-point efforts and a total of 16 points (7g, 9a) in that span. She tallied five assists spanning 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.
    Overall, Lavoie has a point in 16 of 28 games with seven 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 38 goals and 35 assists for 73 points to lead all active players in both goals and points (and rank second in assists – one less than Kristine Horn's 36).
    Entering the weekend, Arielle O'Neill has nine points on one goal and eight assists, which ranks fifth 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 10 games and that included a start in all seven January games (nine consecutive starts overall). She had a particularly strong start to the 2012 calendar year with a 3-1-0 record, 1.75 GAA, .938 save percentage and one shutout spanning Jan. 10-19. Last weekend in the home-and-home series against Vermont, Minton stopped 49 of 53 shots for a .925 save percentage and 2.00 GAA; she recorded 30 saves, including 14 in the second period, in the 2-1 road loss.
    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 14 games (12 starts), Minton is 5-6-1 with a 3.31 GAA and .889 save percentage. In 11 Hockey East league games, she is 4-6-1 with a 3.23 GAA and. .895 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 28 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 was a consistent producer for the 'Cats in December in January. She recorded a point in five of 11 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 28 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 (.156) and fifth in points.

Facing Off
    In the faceoff circle, Nicole Gifford leads the team in both wins (300) and total faceoffs (572). Arielle O'Neill ranks second in both of those stats with 268 faceoff wins in 422 draws; of the three primary centers, O'Neill has the top winning percentage (63.5%); 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 28 games, while others have skated in 26, 24 and 23 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 (10) and points (18). With those numbers, she is tied for third overall in goals and is fourth in both points and assists. Lascelle ranks second in shooting percentage (.182). She has tallied 12 points (6g, 6a) the past eight 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; last weekend, she matched that two-assist effort vs. Vermont.
    Heather Kashman (7g, 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) and has netted a goal two of the pas four games, whereas Mork has recorded four of her seven points the past eight 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 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 13 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 was on the blue line all seven 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   (5%)    10   (6%)
Junior (6)           21 (34%)    41 (43%)     62 (39%)
Sophomore (5)   16 (26%)    28 (29%)     44 (28%)
Freshman (7)     20 (32%)    21 (22%)     41 (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 40 of the team's 62 goals (64.5%), 61 of 95 assists (64.2%) and 101 of 157 points (64.3%), as well as 46.3% 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 had two of its home games broadcast live on WBIN-TV. The 'Cats defeated Princeton, 3-1, on Nov. 26 behind a hat trick from Nicole Gifford. Another hat trick, this time from Kristina Lavoie, propelled UNH to a 4-2 victory against Vermont (Jan. 28).

OT IS OK
    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 206-48-26 home record, which calculates to a .781 winning percentage.

The McCloskey File
    Brian McCloskey (Dartmouth '77), who recorded his 200th career victory Dec. 8, 2009 at Boston College (4-0 win), is in his ninth year at the helm of the Wildcats. He is a four-time Hockey East Coach of the Year recipient (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) and was runner-up in both the 2003 and 2006 national Coach of the Year balloting. He has directed UNH to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship five consecutive years (2006-10) with four consecutive Hockey East tournament titles (2006-09) and six straight league regular-season crowns (2004-09). The 'Cats advanced to the Frozen Four in '06 and '08.
    A Wildcat was honored as Player of the Year each of the first four years of Hockey East's existence. In addition, the ITECH Goaltending Champion award was presented to a UNH goalie each of the first six years and the Scoring Champion has five times been a Wildcat.
    McCloskey has compiled a 232-81-34 overall record, including a 141-38-17 mark in Hockey East, with 20+ wins each of the initial seven seasons.
    In his first year (2003) as head coach of the program, he led the 'Cats to a 27-7-2 record, which is now the fifth-best single-season win mark behind those established in 2006 & 2008 (33), 1998 (31) and 2007 (28).
    Under his tutelage, five players have received a total of six All-America honors and five have been honored as a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist.
    Here's a look at some notable wins:
   1st win– Oct. 11, 2002 (4-0 vs. Vermont)
   1st Hockey East win– Nov. 2, 2002 (5-1 vs. Maine)
   50th win– March 20, 2004 (5-0 vs. Northeastern)
   100th win– Feb. 25, 2006 (5-0 vs. Vermont)
   150th win– Jan. 5, 2008 (3-1 at Brown)
   200th win– Dec. 8, 2009 (4-0 at Boston College)
    Coach McCloskey's predecessors at UNH also exceeded 200 victories. Russ McCurdy compiled a 264-36-10 record from 1978-92 and Karen Kay went 215-90-25 from 1993-2002.

Scouting the Terriers
    Boston University enters the weekend with a 15-12-1 overall record following Tuesday's 5-2 victory against Harvard University that extended the Terriers' winning streak to four games, the last three of which were against nationally-ranked teams (BC, Northeastern, Harvard). BU is 4-8-1 on the road this season.
    Jenn Wakefield leads the team in goals (18), assists (20) and points (38). Kayla Tutino (13g, 12a) and Isabel Menard (12g, 12a) have also surpassed 20 points. Marie-Philip Poulin, who tallied 47 points last year as a freshman, has been limited to seven games this season; she has played each of the last three games with three points (2g, 1a) in that span.
    Kerrin Sperry has started 25 of 28 games and is 12-12-1 with a 2.59 GAA, .916 save percentage and one shutout.
    The third period has been BU's highest scoring with 33 goals; it is also the highest total for the opponent (28), but it is the only period in which the Terriers have outscored the opposition.

Scouting the Huskies
    The University of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.) enters the weekend with a 3-18-7 overall record that includes 2-10-3 in Hockey East and 3-10-3 at home. The Huskies play at Northeastern (Feb. 4) before playing host to UNH.
    UConn was swept by Providence College in last weekend's home-and-home series with a 2-0 road loss followed by a 5-2 defeat at home. The Huskies have lost three consecutive games and are winless in 11 games (0-6-5) since defeated Yale, 3-1, at home on Nov. 26.
    Emily Snodgrass leads the team in goals (six), assists (10) and points (16). Jocelyn Slattery also has six goals and is second in points (13). Maggie Walsh ranks second in assists (nine) and third in points (12). Kayla Campero (6g, 5a) and Sami Evelyn (4g, 6a) have also reached double-digit points.
    Alexandra Garcia and Nicole Paniccia have split the goaltending duties. Garcia, who started both January games vs. UNH, has a 0-9-4 record with a 2.98 GAA and .908 save percentage in 16 games (15 starts). Paniccia is 3-9-3 with a 2.25 GAA, .934 save percentage and two shutouts in 15 games (13 starts).
    UConn is winless (0-16-2) when falling behind 1-0. The second period is the highest scoring for both the Huskies (18) and the opposition (32).

Hockey East 10th-Year Celebration
    The Women's Hockey East Association, whose inaugural season was  2002-03, is celebrating 10 years of hockey during the 2011-12 season. In correlation with this benchmark, UNH will honor former players from the past decade at the Feb. 4 game against Boston University.
    There will also be a special Hockey East insert five consecutive home games  – it started Jan. 13 and will culminate with the Feb. 4 game – to recall UNH's top 10 Hockey East moments. If you missed it, the eight highlighted moments (in chronological order) have been:
   •   March 14, 2003 – In the inaugural season of Hockey East, UNH sweeps "The Big Three" league awards as senior goaltender Jen Huggon is Player of the Year, Lindsay Hansen is Rookie of the Year and first-year head coach Brian McCloskey is Coach of the Year. Huggon, also presented the Goaltending Champion and Three Stars awards, is joined on the All-Star First Team by Kristen Thomas (junior defenseman) and Stephanie Jones (sophomore forward) while Allison Edgar (junior defenseman) is named to the Second Team, and Hansen is joined on the All-Rookie Team by fellow forward Vicki Davis.

   •   Feb. 29, 2004 – UNH wins the first of six consecutive Hockey East regular-season titles by defeating arch rival Providence College, 5-4 in overtime, at the Whittemore Center. Senior forward Carolyn Gordon scored at 2:10 of overtime to end the game. Sophomore forward Rebecca Paul recorded her first career hat trick that day and helped the Wildcats overcome a 3-1 third-period deficit. UNH freshman goaltender Melissa Bourdon finished with 17 saves. The 'Cats improved to 19-8-4 overall and 14-1-2 in Hockey East with the victory, which extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). UNH went on to win its last three league games to top the standings at 17-1-2.

   •   March 3, 2006 – Repeating an awards hat trick from Hockey East's inaugural season, UNH swept the three major individual awards at the league's annual banquet as sophomore forward Sadie Wright-Ward was named Player of the Year, Sam Faber was tabbed Rookie of the Year and Brian McCloskey earned Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. Wright-Ward, also the Hockey East Scoring Champion, was joined on the All-Star First Team by fellow sophomore forward Jen Hitchcock (Three Stars Award) and sophomore defenseman Martine Garland; junior goaltender Melissa Bourdon is named Goaltending Champion the third consecutive year and is a Second Team selection.

   •   March 5, 2006 – Led by two goals and an assist from Most Valuable Player and league Rookie of the Year Sam Faber, the No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats won their first Hockey East tournament title with a 6-0 victory against No. 9 Boston College at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. UNH won its 16th consecutive game and extended its unbeaten streak to 28 games (27-0-1) to improve to 32-2-1 – a school single-season win record – by recording a program-record sixth consecutive shutout. New Hampshire garnered all six spots on the All-Tournament Team – a feat unprecedented at the time and never duplicated. Faber was joined on the squad by junior goalie Melissa Bourdon, sophomore forwards Jen Hitchcock and Sadie Wright-Ward, sophomore defenseman Martine Garland and freshman defenseman Kacey Bellamy.

   •   March 4, 2007 – UNH, host of the Hockey East Championship for the first time since the league's inception in 2003, won its second consecutive title as sophomore forward Sam Faber recorded a goal and an assist to propel fourth-ranked and top-seeded UNH to a 3-1 victory against Providence College in the 2007 Hockey East Championship title game at the Whittemore Center before a crowd of 1,301. Sophomore defenseman Bellamy, sophomore forward Sam Faber and freshman forward Kelly Paton were named to the All-Tournament Team. UNH improved to 28-3-5 with its fifth consecutive win and extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games (11-0-2). The NCAA selection show took place later that day, and it was announced that UNH would play host to St. Lawrence in a regional game.

   •   March 2, 2008 – Second-ranked UNH skated to a 6-1 victory against eighth-ranked UConn in Sunday's regular-season finale at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum to become the first team to complete the Hockey East season unbeaten (20-0-1) and improve to 30-3-1 overall by extending its winning streak to 10 games and unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1). UNH had already won its fifth consecutive league regular-season title earlier in the season. In 21 Hockey East league games, UNH dominated the opposition in outscoring them 99-15 with an 832-293 shot advantage. The Wildcats scored on 28 of 86 power plays (32.6%) and was 89 of 91 on the penalty kill (97.8%). New Hampshire broke six team Hockey East records (league regular-season games only) and tied two others in the 2008 season. The Wildcats broke their own marks for best winning percentage (.976), most wins (20), fewest losses (zero), lowest GAA (0.71) and best penalty kill (.978). They tied the previous year's UNH benchmark for road wins with 10 and also tied the mark for fewest goals allowed (15). The only result standing between the 'Cats and a perfect league mark was a 1-1 tie against Providence College on Jan. 19 at the Whittemore Center.

   •   March 9, 2008 – Junior forward Sam Faber scored the game's only goal and freshman goaltender Kayley Herman stopped all 17 shots she faced for her ninth shutout of the season to propel second-ranked and top-seeded UNH to its third consecutive Women's Hockey East Championship title with a 1-0 victory against Providence College at UConn's Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. UNH won its 12th consecutive game to extend its unbeaten streak to 18 games (17-0-1) and improve to 32-3-1 overall. Faber earned the Tournament MVP award for her three-goal weekend. She and Herman were joined on the All-Tournament Team by junior defenseman Maggie Joyce and freshman forward Jenn Wakefield. Herman did not allow a goal in the tourney as she blanked Boston University with a 14-save effort in Saturday's semifinal. With its third consecutive tourney title, the Wildcats earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship and it was announced that Sunday evening that the 'Cats were the No. 3 seed and would play host to St. Lawrence University in a quarterfinal game.

   •   October 15, 2008 – Sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield and senior forward Sam Faber scored  third-period goals 21 seconds apart to erase a two-goal deficit and lift the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to a 3-3 tie at 10th-ranked UConn at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Wildcats moved to 2-0-2 overall and 0-0-2 in Hockey East with the tie, which extended their Hockey East regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 games (35-0-5). Including postseason play, UNH is unbeaten in 46 consecutive games (41-0-5) against Hockey East teams. The last league team to defeat New Hampshire was Boston College, 7-2 at Conte Forum on Nov. 2, 2006.
    Here is a breakdown of UNH's 40-game regular-season unbeaten streak:
             BC         BU     UConn    Maine    NU         PC      UVM       Total
Home    2-0-1    2-0-0    2-0-1    3-0-0    3-0-0    1-0-2   3-0-0    16-0-4
Away    2-0-0    3-0-0    3-0-1    2-0-0    3-0-0    3-0-0    3-0-0    19-0-1
Total    4-0-1   5-0-0   5-0-2    5-0-0   6-0-0   4-0-2   6-0-0    35-0-5

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