DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will travel to Boston University Sunday, Jan. 27 for a Sunday afternoon contest at 3 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
Sunday's contest between the Wildcats and Terriers will be the 32nd meeting between the two sides. Overall, New Hampshire owns a 20-8-3 record over Boston University and are 8-4-1 at BU. The Wildcats lead the season series 1-0-0 after picking up a 4-2 victory on Nov. 9. Jessica Hitchcock, Alexis Crossley, Arielle O'Neill and Hannah Armstrong each tallied a goal in the game while Jenn Gilligan picked up the win in net after making 24 saves on 26 shots faced. More information on the all-time series can be found on page three.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats opened up the second half of the season with wins in each of their first three games before falling to Northeastern, 3-1, in their last contest. Brittney Redlick scored the lone goal of the game for New Hampshire.
Senior Kristina Lavoie and freshman Alexis Crossley have matching point totals of 16 on six goals and 10 assists, leading the team in assists and total points. Crossley also leads the team in power play goals with four. Jessica Hitchcock leads the team in goals (7), and has dished out six assists for 13 points. She has a pair of power play goals and game winners. Kristine Horn has lit the lamp four times and tallied nine assists for 13 points as well while Sara Carlson splits her 12 points on six goals and six assists. Nicole Gifford has lit the lamp twice and dished out eight assists for 10 points. Both of her goals have been on power plays. Arielle O'Neill and Hannah Armstrong have matching totals of five goals and four assists for nine points while Megan Armstrong has four goals and five assists for the same total. Megan Armstrong has three power play goals while O'Neill has the lone shorthanded goal for UNH on the year.
All of Kailey Chappell's seven points have come via assists while all of Redlick's five points have been on goals. Katie Brock, Jenna Lascelle and Jess Ryan each have three assists for three points while Caroline Broderick has a pair of helpers for her two points. Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan have one point on one goal as Kayla Mork has one point on an assist.
Jenn Gilligan has spent the most time in net for the Wildcats, starting all 11 games she has appeared in. She comes in with a record of 7-2-1 with one shutout and has tallied a goals against average of 1.97 and a save percentage of .919. Vilma Vaattovaara has also made 11 appearances, nine of which came on starts. She has a 3-8-0 record with a 3.84 goals against average and a .874 save percentage. Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the three games she has played in and posts a 0-1-1 record. She has a 3.34 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Moe Bradley has made starts in both games she has seen the ice and has a 0-1-0 record. She also has a 3.76 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
The Terriers come into the game unbeaten in their last 12 games (10-0-2), with their last lost coming to the Wildcats (Nov. 9). They are lead by Marie-Philip Poulin leads the way in points with 35, stemming from 12 goals and 23 assists. Sarah Lefore splits her 28 points with a team leading 14 goals and 14 assists. Isabel Menard has also tallied 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists. Jenelle Kohanchuk has double digit totals of goals (12) and assists (13) for 25 total points. She leads the squad in power play goals with five.
Kerrin Sperry has seen most of the time between the pipes for the Terriers, starting all 18 games she has played in. She comes in with a record of 13-2-3 and has two shutouts. Sperry has tallied a goals against average of 2.36 and a save percentage of .911. Alissa Fromkin has made starts in four of the six games she has seen action in and has a record of 3-1-0. She has a goals against average of 2.25 and a save percentage .891.
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.
WHERE THEY RANK NATIONALLY
Individually and as a team, the Wildcats have posted some impressive numbers, securing spots in the top-rankings nationally. Alexis Crossley ranks 19th in defenseman points per game (0.65) and 21st in rookie scoring. Jenn Gilligan is eighth in the nation in winning percentage (.750), 15th in the nation in goals against average (1.97) and 18th in save percentage (.919).
The team as a whole has found great success on the power play, ranking eighth in power play percentage (22.9). On the penalty killing side, they rank 16th with a kill percentage of 84.6. In combined special teams, the 'Cats are ranked eighth nationally at 55.2 percent.
This year's newcomers have accounted for 63 (32g, 31a) of the 139 points the Wildcats have tallied this year. Alexis Crossley has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points while Jessica Hitchcock has 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Sara Carlson has six goals and six assists for 12 points as Megan Armstrong has four goals and five assists for nine points. Jonna Curtis has a pair of goals and four assists for six points. Brittney Redlick has lit the lamp five times for her five points while Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal.
POWERFUL ON THE POWER PLAY
The Wildcats have tallied 19 power play goals through their 24 games played, giving them the eighth best power play unit in the country. The team started the season with a power play tally in each of the first five games and have seven power play tallies in their last six games. Alexis Crossley leads the stat with four power play goals while Megan Armstrong and Sara Carlson have each netted three. Nicole Gifford, Jessica Hitchcock and Arielle O'Neill each have two. Kristine Horn, Kristina Lavoie and Hannah Armstrong 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.