DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will wrap up its non-conference portion of the schedule with a single game at Union College Tuesday night (7 p.m.). Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
Tuesday's game will be just the third meeting between the two sides in the series history. The Wildcats have been the victors of the two prior meetings, the last one coming in overtime on Nov. 29, 2011. The Dutchwomen traveled to the Whittemore Center and held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. Kristina Lavoie and Heather Kashman each tallied a goal in the third to send the game into overtime. Just 41 seconds into the extra frame, Maggie Hunt notched the game-winning goal on a power play, giving UNH a 3-2 win. Netminder Jenn Gilligan made 13 saves in net for the Wildcats for the win. More history of the series can be found on page three.
The State of New Hampshire.
The Wildcats start the second half of the season after having a stretch of time off. In the 2012 finale, New Hampshire battled to a 2-2 tie against the fourth-ranked Harvard Crimson at home. Hannah Armstorng and Jessica Hitchcock each tallied a goal in the game.
Alexis Crossley and Kristina Lavoie lead the cats in points (13) through the first 20 games of the season. Crossley has lit the lamp six times, four of which have come on the power play, and dished out seven helpers while Lavoie has netted four goals and helped with a team-leading nine assists. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Crossley currently ranks 20th in the country in defensemen scoring (0.65 points per game) while ranking 22nd in freshmen scoring. Jessica Hitchcock has a team-high seven goals and adds five assists for 12 points. She has a pair of power play tallies and game winners. Kristine Horn has a trio of goals and seven assists for 10 points. One of her goals came on a power play. Sara Carlson has lit the lamp five times and dished out four assists for nine points on the year, including two power play goals. Hannah Armstrong and Nicole Gifford each have eight points on the year. Armstrong splits hers with four goals and four assists while Gifford has a pair of goals and six assists. Both of Gifford's goals have been on power plays.
Arielle O'Neill has six points on three goals and three assists thus far, including a power play goal, a shorthanded tally and a game winner. Jonna Curtis and Megan Armstrong have matching ta llies of two goals and four assists for six points while Kailey Chappell has dished out five assists for her five points. Each of Megan Armstrong's goals have been on power plays. Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp four times on the year for her four points while Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan have tallied three helpers. Caroline Broderick and Katie Brock have notched two assists each. Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have each scored once while Kayla Mork has tallied one helper.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen the most time on the ice for the Wildcats, starting nine of the 11 games she has appeared in. She comes in with a record of 3-8-0, a goals against average of 3.84 and a save percentage of .874. Jenn Gilligan has started all seven games she has appeared in and has racked up a 4-1-1 record on the year. She has a 2.27 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the three games she has played in and brings a record of 0-1-1 into the game. Jean has notched a 3.34 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Moe Bradley has started both games she has played in and has a 0-1-0 record. She has recorded 3.76 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
Scouting the Dutchwomen
Union comes into the game after a completing a weekend sweep of Penn State. The Dutchwomen shutout the Nittany Lions 1-0 in the first contest and edged PSU in the second game, 2-1.
UC is led by sophomore forward Christine Valente, who comes into the game with a team high five goals and six assists for 11 points. She has four power play tallies and a pair of game winners. Freshman Jessica Kaminsky has lit the lamp four times and has also dished out six assists for 10 points. She has two power play goals. Rookie classmate Courtney Turner has scored four times on the year and has assisted on five goals for nine points. Three of her goals have been on power plays. Junior forward Stefanie Thomson has netted a trio of goals and passed out five assists for eight points. She has notched a pair of game winners. Bryanne Panchuk has scored once and has dished out five assists for six points on the year. Her lone goal was a game winner. Rhianna Kurio has tallied a pair of goals and three assists. She has one power play goal. Alex Tancrell-Fontaine has lit the lamp once and has passed out four assists for five points as well. She also has one power play goal.
Sophomore netminder Shenae Lundberg has seen the most action in net for Union, starting 17 of the 18 games she has played in. Lundberg comes into the game with a 6-8-3 record with one shutout. She has a goals against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .908. Alana Marcinko has started four of the five games she has played and posts a 1-3-0 record. She has a 4.91 goals against average and a .859 save percentage. Madeline Dahl has seen 56:14 of play in three games she has played in. She has a goals against average of 3.20 and a save percentage of .919.
The Dutchwomen are coached by Claudia Asano Barcomb (Harvard '99), who is in her sixth season at the helm of Union. Over that span, she has tallied a 16-139-13 record. She is assisted by Ali Boe and Julie Chu.
Through the first 20 games of the season, nine of them were against teams nationally ranked in the top-10 at the time of the contest. The Wildcats wrapped up 2012 with a string of six in a row.
10/20 - No. 4 Boston College --W, 4-3
10/21 - No. 4 Boston College -- L, 2-5
11/09 - No. 5 Boston University -- W, 4-2
11/24 - No. 1 Minnesota -- L, 2-10
11/25 - No. 1 Minnesota -- L, 0-4
12/01 - No. 9 Northeastern -- L, 1-8
12/02 - No. 9 Northeastern -- W, 3-1
12/05 - No. 6 Boston College -- L, 1-4
12/08 - No. 4 Harvard -- TOT, 2-2
This year's newcomers have accounted for 52 (28g, 24a) of the 113 points the Wildcats have tallied this year. Alexis Crossley has six goals and seven assists for 13 points while Jessica Hitchcock has 12 points on seven goals and five assists. Sara Carlson has five goals and four assists for nine points as Jonna Curtis and Megan Armstrong each have a pair of goals and four assists for six points. Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp four times for her four points while Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have tallied 15 power play goals through their 18 games played, giving them the 11th best power play unit in the country. 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.
SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
The women's hockey team, in coordination with Hockey East, will play their annual Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game on Jan. 24 at home against Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Skating Strides Program enters its seventh season and has helped raise over $200,000 for various breast cancer charities. Leading up to the game, members of the team will engage in fundraising activities to raise money for the program, including jersey raffles.
Three different freshmen have been honored by Hockey East this season for multiple awards. Netminder Vilma Vaattovaara was tabbed as the WHEA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 while Alexis Crossley (Oct. 22) and Megan Armstrong (Nov. 12) have each been named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Crossley was most recently honored as the Hockey East Rookie of the Month for the month of December.
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.
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.).