Wildcats prepare for bitter rival Black Bears

By Robert Wilson
On November 16, 2012


The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team will travel to Orono, Maine to take on its Hockey East rivals, the Maine Black Bears on Saturday at noon. Coming into the game, UNH posts an overall record of 4-7-1 and a Hockey East record of 2-2-1, while Maine enters the game with an overall record of 2-7-1 and a 1-5 record in Hockey East action.

New Hampshire is at a change of pace at this point in the season. The 'Cats have played well their past two games, which consists of an upset victory over BU, 4-2, last Friday and a tie with a competitive Providence team last Sunday, 2-2. UNH looks to carry this momentum and bring success as they move forward. 

The key players to watch for on the UNH squad are freshman standouts Jonna Curtis (6 points), Sara Carlson (7 points), Alexis Crossley (7 points), seniors Kristine Horn (7 points) and Kristina Lavoie (10 points), who returns for the 2012-2013 as the leader in career goals (48) and points (91) among active UNH players.

Maine is coming off a contested matchup with Bemidji State, where the Black Bears won in a shootout, 2-1.

The key highlights of the game consisted of senior forward Brittany Dougherty who notched the only two goals of the game, along with teammates Hailey Browne and Audra Richards who capitalized on the shootout opportunity to seal the victory for the Black Bears. 

The key players to watch for on the Maine squads are senior forward Brittany Dougherty who leads the team in assists (7) and points (11). 

Also, freshman forward Audra Richards who leads the team in goals (5) and is second in points (6). Also, watch for Maine goaltender Brittany Ott who posts a goals against average of 2.54, save percentage of .933 and a record of 2-2-1. 

After the Saturday afternoon matchup against the Black Bears, New Hampshire will come back home to host Quinnipiac University at the Whittemore Center on Tuesday Nov, 20 at 7 p.m. 

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