DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team will travel to Syracuse University for its season opener Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team opens up the 2012-13 regular season with one game at Syracuse University on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.
UNH has a 1-2-0 lifetime record against the Orange in its young series. The last time the two teams met, Syracuse edged the Wildcats 2-1 with a third period goal. The Orange took a 1-0 lead in the second period with a goal at the 8:14 mark, but the Wildcats were quick to respond with a power play goal from Kristine Horn at 14:31.
Jenn Gilligan got the decision between the pipes for New Hampshire after making 12 saves on 14 shots faced. The 'Cats outshot the Orange 33-14 in the game.
The State of New Hampshire
The game with Syracuse marks the second consecutive year that the Wildcats have opened up the season against a non-conference team. Prior to last year, New Hampshire had started three straight seasons against Hockey East teams.
This year New Hampshire welcomed back 18 letterwinners after losing two to graduation (Emma Clark, Lindsey Minton). Among the returnees are captains Kailey Chappell, Katie Brock and Nicole Gifford. Also back on the offensive attack is last year's leader in goals (18) and points (33) Kristina Lavoie. Gifford also had a fantastic year on the ice after tallying 10 goals and 17 assists. Senior Kristine Horn put up similar numbers with eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points while sophomore Jenna Lascelle led the freshmen in scoring with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.
The 'Cats return two goalies in Jenn Gilligan and Moe Bradley. Gilligan saw the majority of time in net after spending 989:48 on the ice. She garnered a record of 5-11-2 with a shutout. Bradley went 0-2-0 in her two starts and made five appearances between the pipes for New Hampshire.
Incoming for the Wildcats are 11 student-athletes, all of whom are expected to make an immediate impact on the ice.
Scouting the Orange
Syracuse, picked third in the College Hockey America (CHA) Preseason Poll, is led by Paul Flanagan who is in his fifth year with the Orange women's hockey program. He comes into the 2012-13 season with 51-71-13 record in his time at Syracuse and an overall record of 281-154-37.
The Orange return 15 letterwinners from a year ago and added five new faces to the roster. Among the returnees is senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe, who led the team in goals (14) and tied for the top spot in points (25). Also among the top returners is junior Margot Scharfe. Schrafe had 13 goals and led the team in assists (12).
Coming back in net for Syracuse is junior Kallie Billadeau. The netminder started 19 of the 21 games she appeared in last season and tallied a record of 5-13-2, a save percentage of .897 and a goals against average of 3.40.
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