Wildcats set for series against Vermont

By Robert Wilson
On February 1, 2013

The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team looks to rebound from recent losses to Boston University and Northeastern last weekend as it travels to the University of Vermont for a pair of games. Game one is set for Friday at 7 p.m. while game two will take place Saturday at 3 p.m.

New Hampshire is coming into the game with an overall record of 10-13-2 overall and a Hockey East record of 6-6-1. While, Vermont comes into the weekend series with an overall record of 6-15-3 and a Hockey East record of 4-6-3.

New Hampshire took the New Year by storm as they captured three consecutive victories, but recently it has been not as hot as they dropped its last two contests last weekend.

The last time these two teams played each other was at the beginning of the season at the Whit where the Catamounts edged the Wildcats 4-3. Vermont tallied two goals in the third to earn the victory.

However, New Hampshire still owns the advantage when playing Vermont. In 31 games played against each other over the course of history, UNH holds a convincing 26-5 record against them.

This year New Hampshire has played substantially better on the road with a record of 7-5-1 and has won three of its last four games on the road.

The standouts offensively for the Wildcats is freshmen forward Sara Carlson who has 12 points for six goals and six assists, senior Kristina Lavoie who is tied in points with 16 which includes six goals and 10 assists.

Freshmen standout Alexis Crossley is tied with Lavoie in points, goals and assists. Junior Jessica Hitchcock has been playing well as of late as she has contributed 15 points for eight goals and seven assists. Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan leads in net with a 7-3-1 record, goal against average of 2.07 and a save percentage of .918.

Vermont has hit a speed bump as of late dropping three straight games. Recently, the Catamounts suffered a 6-3 defeat against Northeastern.

Coming into the weekend series, Vermont holds the series lead against New Hampshire 1-0.

The players to watch out for on the Catamounts is sophomore forward Brittany Zuback who leads the team in goals (10), points (20). Sophomore Klara Myen leads the team in assists (13) and is second in points with 18. Junior goaltender Roxanne Douville has started all 19 games this season posting an overall record of 4-12-3. She has three shutouts, a goal against average of 3.32, and a save percentage of .907.

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