DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team will host Boston College for one game Saturday and travel to BC Sunday for the second game of the weekend. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The University of New Hampshire heads into a two-game weekend series against Boston College with a 2-1-0 overall record and a 0-1-0 mark in Hockey East. The Eagles opened up the regular season with a game against Boston University in which they fell, 4-2.
In the first game, the Wildcats will host BC on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. while Sunday's contest will be at Boston College, also at 2 p.m.
The two teams have met a total of 56 times in the series history prior to this weekend. UNH leads the series, 44-7-5. The last time the two sides met, Boston College picked up a 4-2 victory on home ice (Jan. 10). Returning junior Taylor Wasylk got the Eagles on the board in the second period at the 15:20 mark while Alex Carpenter cushioned the BC lead to 2-0 just minutes later. Jenna Lascelle cut the deficit in half when she scored with 37 seconds left in the second, but Boston College upped its lead to 3-1 with a goal by Emily Pfalzer at 19:47. Kristina Lavoie added another tally for UNH when she scored on a power play at 10:11 in the third period. Megan Mangene capped off the scoring with the fourth goal of the game for BC.
The State of New Hampshire.
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 Eagles
Boston College comes into the game having played only one game thus far. In their lone game, the Eagles fell to Boston University, 4-2. The Terriers took an early 1-0 lead in the first period, howevert the Eagles took the lead on a pair of goals in the second period. Emily Field scored the tying goal while Ashley Motherwell gave BC a 2-1 advantage on a power play goal. Boston University responded with the tying goal midway through the second period and scored a pair of goals in the third, finalizing the score at 4-2. Eagle goalie Corinne Boyles got the decision after allowing four goals on 28 shots. Haley Skarupa notched a game-high six shots for the Eagles while Taylor Wasylk, Alex Carpenter and Blake Bolden each tallied four.
Boston College is coached by Katie King Crowley, who is in her sixth season at the helm. During her tenure she has compiled a record of 92-57-31. She is assisted by associate head coach Courtney Kennedy.
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (47) and points (85) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 41 and second in the points category with 62.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (103). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 102 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 95.
On The Airwaves
A total of five UNH women's ice hockey regular-season games will 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. 16 vs. Vermont and concludes on Feb. 17 vs. Providence.
Here is the schedule of games (listed time is start of broadcast):
Oct. 16 vs. Vermont (6:55 p.m.)
Nov. 9 vs. Boston U. (6:55 p.m.)
Nov. 20 vs. Quinnipiac (6:55 p.m.)
Feb. 10 vs. UConn (11:55 a.m.)
Feb. 17 vs. Providence (1:55 p.m.)
'Cats on TV
New Hampshire will have two of its home games aired on the WBIN-TV network. The games include Dec. 8 vs. Harvard (2 p.m.) and Feb. 10 vs. UConn (12 p.m.).
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 11th 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 234-89-34 overall record, including a 141-44-17 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.