DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team will host St. Lawrence University for a weekend series. Game one will take place Friday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 3 (3 p.m.), changed from its original start time of 2 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team returns home to host St. Lawrence for a pair of games. Since the first meeting between the two sides in 1984, UNH has compiled a 28-10-5 in the 43 game-series. In the last meeting, the score resulted in a 2-2 draw at the Saints' arena. SLU took a 2-0 lead in the second period, but Nicole Gifford notched a power play goal in the third period after a late second period goal by the Wildcats to level the score at 2-2.
The State of New Hampshire
The Wildcats look to bounce back from a pair of road losses at Wisconsin in their last series. New Hampshire will entertain St. Lawrence Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
The 'Cats are led by senior forward Kristina Lavoie who comes in with seven points on three goals and four assists. She has a power play goal and a game winner. Freshman forward Sara Carlson and classmate Jonna Curtis are behind Lavoue with six points each. Carlson has tallied four goals and two assists while Curtis has a pair of goals and four helpers. Senior defender Kristine Horn has lit the lamp twice while dishing out three assists for five points. Linemate Alexis Crossley has scored three times and assisted on a goal for four points. Two of her goals have come on power plays. Junior transfer Jessica Hitchcock has notched two goals and an assist while Jess Ryan has dished out three assists. Arielle O'Neill and Jenna Lascelle have each notched a pair of assists while Lauren Kirwan and Hannah Armstrong both have scored once. Katie Brock, Kailey Chappell and Nicole Gifford all have one assist.
Vilma Vaattovaara has seen most of the action between the pipes for the Wildcats this season. In the seven games played, she has a record of 3-4-0, a goals against average of 3.18 and a save percentage of .893. Sophomore Moe Bradley played one period on the ice for New Hampshire this year after starting against Colgate. She allowed one goal and blocked eight shots.
Scouting the Saints
St. Lawrence comes into the weekend series with a 2-5-0 record through its first seven games. In their last two games, the Saints edged Rensselaer 3-2 and then topped Union the next day, 6-1.
SLU is led by Kelly Sabatine and Rylee Smith who each have five points, Sabatine on four goals and an assist and Smith on one goal and four helpers. Amanda Boulier leads St. Lawrence in the assist category, tallying five for her five points. Jacqueline Want has three points on three goals while Abbey McRae has lit the lamp twice and dished out an assist. Brooke Fernandez and Ellie Williams both have their points on assists, Fernandez with three and Williams with two.
Sophomore netminder Carmen MacDonald has played the majority of time between the pipes for the Saints. In 369:44 played, she las tallied a 2-5-0 record, a 3.08 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. Giulia Mazzocchi has played just over 43 minutes in net and has made 18 saves on 20 shots faced.
The Saints are coached by Chris Wells, who has spent all five years of his head coaching career at St. Lawrence. Wells has an overall record of 82-58-16. He is assisted by associate head coach Ted Wisner and assistant coach Mare MacDougall.
This year's incoming class has accounted for 20 of New Hampshire's 43 points thus far. Sara Carlson and Jonna Curtis lead the way with six points each, Carlson on four goals and two assists and Curtis with two goals and four assists. Alexis Crossley has tallied three goals and one assist for four points while junior transfer Jessica Hitchcock has two goals and an assist. Lauren Kirwan has notched a goal through three games to round out the scoring.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANTAGE
The Wildcats have notched a power play goal in five of the first seven games of the season. Alexis Crossley leads the way with two while Sara Carlson, Kristina Lavoie and Jessica Hitchcock each have one.
Kristina Lavoie returns for the 2012-13 season as the leader in career goals (48) and points (89) among active UNH players. Kristine Horn currently sits atop the assists category with 43 and second in the points category with 66.
Lavoie is also the active leader in games played (107). Horn and Kailey Chappell are right behind her with 106 while Katie Brock and is close behind with 99.
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.).