DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire will wrap up the first half of the season as they host Harvard University Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will air on the Live Well Network as well as FOX College Sports. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The State of New Hampshire.
The Wildcats come into the game looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss against the sixth-ranked Boston College Eagles Wednesday night. Alexis Crossley tallied her sixth goal of the year and the only mark of the night for New Hampshire with a power play goal. Crossley is tied for the lead in points (12) on the team, tallying six goals and six assists. She has four power play goals and a game winner. Senior Kristina Lavoie also has 12 points. Hers add up from four goals and a team leading eight assists. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Jes sica Hitchcock has 11 points thus far on six goals and five assists with a pair of power play and game-winning goals. Kristine Horn has tallied 10 points on three goals and seven helpers. One of her goals came on a power play. Sara Carlson adds five goals and four assists for nine points with a pair of power play goals while Hannah Armstrong has lit the lamp three times and helped on four goals for seven points. Arielle O'Neill splits her six points with a trio of goals and assists, including one power play goal, a shorthanded tally and a game winner.
Jonna Curtis, Nicole Gifford and Megan Armstrong each have six points on two goals and four assists on the season. Curtis has a game winner while Gifford and Armstrong both have a pair of power play goals. Kailey Chappell has dished out five assists for her five points while Brittney Redlick has four points on four goals. Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have three points on a trio of assists while Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock have two helpers for two points. Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have each lit the lamp once while Kayla Mork has dished out an assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen the most action in net, starting in nine of the 11 games she has played. Vaattovaara comes in with an overall record of 3-8-0, goals against average of 3.84 and a save percentage of .874. Jenn Gilligan has started all six games she has played and has tallied a record of 4-1-0. She has a 2.36 goals against average and a .915 save percentage on the year. Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the three games in which she has played and has a 0-1-1 record to go along with a 3.34 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Moe Bradley comes in with a pair of starts and an 0-1-0 record. She has a 3.76 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson come in with a record of 8-1-0, not including Friday's (Dec. 7) game against Providence at 7 p.m. Leading Harvard is Jillian Dempsey, who comes in with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points, tops in all three categories. She has a pair of power play and game-winning goals. Lyndsey Fry is right behind her with seven goals and nine helpers for 16 points. She has two power play and game-winning goals. Sarah Edney and Mary Parker have matching totals of two goals and seven assists for nine points thus far. They each have one power play goal. Hillary Crowe splits her six points with a trio of goals and assists, including a game-wining goal. Kalley Armstrong has netted three goals, all of which are game winners, and adds a pair of assists for five points.
Samantha Reber has a pair of goals and assists for four points while Michelle Picard has dished out four assists for the same tally. Kaitlin Spurling and Miye D'Oench each have two goals and one assist for three points on the year. Spurling has a shorthanded goal. Hilary Hayssen has lit the lamp once and notched a pair of assists for three points while Kelsey Romatoski and Gina McDonald each have a goal and an assist. McDonald's came during shorthanded play. Margaret Chute and Dylanne Crugnale have each tallied one assist.
Laura Bellamy has started all five games she has appeared in, racking up a record of 4-1-0 with three shutouts. She has a goals against average of 0.60 and a save percentage of .968. Emerance Maschmeyer has started the additional four games for the Crimson, bringing in a record of 4-0-0 with a shutout. She has a goals against average of 0.75 and a save percentag of .955.
At the helm of Harvard is former Wildcat Katey Stone ('89). Stone has spent all 18 seasons of her head coaching career at Harvard and has tallied a record of 378-164-32. She is assisted by Maura Crowell, Hayley Moore and goaltending coach Mark Hanson.
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 239-99-35 overall record, including a 144-50-19 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.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 50 of New Hampshire's 107 points thus far. Alexis Crossley has six goals and six assists for 12 points while junior Jessica Hitchcock has lit the lamp six times and dished out five assists for 11 points. Sara Carlson has nine points on five goals and four assists while Megan Armstrong and Jonna Curtis each have six points on a pair of goals and four assists. Brittney Redlick has scored four goals as Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have each lit the lamp once.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied 15 power play goals through their 18 games played. The team started the season with a power play tally in each of the first five games. Alexis Crossley leads the stat with four power play goals while Megan Armstrong, Sara Carlson, Nicole Gifford and Jessica Hitchcock each have two. Kristine Horn, Kristina Lavoie and Arielle O'Neill have each tallied one goal with the advantage.
HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE!
The Wildcats are a team made up of student-athletes from around the world. In the geographic breakdown, 14 'Cats hail from Canada while 13 are from the United States. The remaining two players hail from Sweden and Finland, respectively.
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (49) and points (94) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 47 and second in the points category with 71.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (119). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 118 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 111.
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.).