DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games with the University of Maine this weekend. The first game is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. while game two, Senior Day, will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. A special pregame ceremony will take place prior to the game to honor the senior student-athletes on the squad. Links to live stats and video for both games will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Black Bears go head-to-head this weekend in the final games of the regular season for both teams. The two teams met once earlier this year when New Hampshire topped Maine, 2-1, on the road. Megan Armstrong notched a power play goal in the effort while Brittney Redlick scored the eventual game winner. Goalie Jenn Gilligan picked up her second win of the season after making 22 saves on 23 shots.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats are led by senior forward Kristina La voie, who comes into the game with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. She has one power play tally and a pair of game winners. Freshman Alexis Crossley has 20 points on six goals and 14 assists and leads the team in power play goals with four. Senior Kristine Horn has five goals on the year and 13 helpers for 18 points. She has a pair of power play goals. Junior Jessica Hitchcock has 17 points on the season from nine goals and eight assists while Sophomore Hannah Armstrong has lit the lamp 10 times and dished out six assists for 16 points. Junior Arielle O'Neill splits her 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. She has a trio of power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game winners. Freshman Sara Carlson has tallied 13 points on six goals and seven assists. Three of her goals have been on power plays.
Senior captain Kailey Chappell has tallied all 13 of her points on assists this season while Nicole Gifford has two goals, both of which came on power plays, and 10 assists for 12 points. Freshman Megan Armstrong has lit the lamp four times and dished out seven assists for 11 points. Three of her four goals came on power plays. Classmate Brittney Redlick has all six of her points on goals as Caroline Broderick has one goal and three assists for four points. Katie Brock and Jenna Lascelle each have four assists for four points while Jess Ryan has three assists. Kayla Mork has lit the lamp twice and dished out an assist for three points while Bryanna Farris, Haley Breedlove and Lauren Kirwan each have one goal.
Goaltender Jenn Gilligan has started all 17 games she has played this season and comes in with a record of 9-4-2 with a pair of shutouts. She has a 2.24 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Vilma Vaattovaara has made starts in nine of the 11 games she has played in and has racked up a 3-9-0 record. She also has a 4.04 goals against average and a .868 save percentage.
Marie-Eve Jean has started two of the four games she has played in and has a 1-1-1 record. Additionally, Jean has a 2.71 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Moe Bradley has started both games she has played in and has a 0-1-0 record with a 3.76 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
The University of Maine comes into the weekend series having fallen in its last three games. Senior Brittany Dougherty leads the way for the Black Bears in goals (12), assists (19) and points (31). She has a pair of power play goals, one shorthanded tally and a game winner. Jennifer More has lit the lamp six times and tallied eight assists for 14 points on the year. Four of her goals have come on power plays. Adura Richards has 13 points on seven goals and six assists. She has four power play goals and one game winner. Brianne Kilgour comes in with 10 points, stemming from six goals and four assists. Kayla Kaluzny has a pair of goals and eight assists for 10 points. One of her goals was on a power play. Katy Massey has nine points thus far on five goals and four assists while Chloe Tinkler has one goal and eight assists for the same total. Kelly McDonald has one goal and seven assists for eight points on the year.
Senior goalie Brittany Ott has spent the most time between the pipes for Maine this season, starting 22 of the 25 games she has played. She has a record of 5-14-3 with one shutout, a goals against average of 3.78 and a save percentage of .895. Sophomore Meghann Treacy has started six of the nine games she has played in and has a record of 0-5-0. She has a 4.13 goals against average and a .876 save percentage. Kylie Smith has made a pair of starts in five appearances and has a 0-3-0 record, a 7.22 goals against average and a .754 save percentage.
SALUTING THE SENIORS
Sunday's game against the Black Bears will be the final regular season game for seven Wildcat seniors. Katie Brock, Kailey Chappell, Bryanna Farris, Paige Goloubef, Kristine Horn, Katie Kleinendorst and Kristina Lavoie will all be honored with a special pregame ceremony before the start of the game.
PARTY OF FIVE
Despite being down 1-0 at the end of the first period against Providence (Feb. 15), the Wildcats surged back and scored five goals in the second period. When scoring more than three goals, UNH is 9-0-0 on the year.
THREE'S A FEAT
Most recently, senior forward Kristina Lavoie notched her second career hat trick and the second in two games for UNH in Friday's 6-4 win at Providence.Sophomore forward Hannah Armstrong posted her first career hat trick and three-point game in UNH's 4-0 win over Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 11.
BACK TO BACK HAT TRICKS
Hannah Armstrong and Kristina Lavoie are the first Wildcats to post a hat trick in back-to-back games since Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, 2004. The last pair to do so was Lindsey Caleo and Carolyn Gordan.
CURRENT PLAYERS WITH HAT TRICKS
With the addition of Hannah Armstrong, three other current Wildcats have tallied hat tricks in their careers. Here is a list of those who have accomplished the feat.
Hannah Armstrong - Feb. 11, 2013 vs. Connecticut
Nicole Gifford - Nov. 26, 2011 vs. Princeton
Jenna Lascelle - Dec. 12, 2011 vs. Dartmouth
Kristina Lavoie (2) - Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Vermont, Feb. 15, 2013 at Providence
Senior forward Kristina Lavoie became the 43rd student-athlete in UNH women's hockey history to surpass the 100-career point mark with a three-point game against Vermont (Feb. 2). She now has 56 career goals and 50 assists for 106 points. She is now 39th on the all-time scoring list.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE PLAY
With the regular season winding down, the Wildcats are in the crucial stages of conference play. Here is a look at the season series standings between New Hampshire and the rest of the conference:
Boston College - BC, 2-1 (series complete)
Boston University - BU, 2-1 (series complete)
Connecticut - UNH, 3-0 (series complete)
Maine - UNH leads, 1-0
Northeastern - NU, 2-1 (series complete)
Providence - UNH, 1-0-2 (series complete)
Vermont - UVM, 2-1 (series complete)
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 are from Sweden and Finland, respectively.
Against the Ranks
Through the first 20 games of the season, nine were against teams nationally ranked in the top-10 at the time of the contest and have played a pair since. The Wildcats wrapped up 2012 with a string of six in a row. Here are the results:
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
01/27 - No. 5 Boston U. -- L, 1-3
02/20 - No. 4 Boston U. -- L, 0-6