New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey

The New Hampshire Wildcats represent the University of New Hampshire. They have won five ECAC championships between 1986 and 1996. When the Wildcats joined Hockey East, they won four Hockey East titles from 2006 to 2009. The Wildcats have more wins than any other women's ice hockey program at 668 in its first 32 years. The Wildcats went undefeated in their initial 74 games (73-0-1) spanning the 1978 through 1982 seasons. A UNH goaltender has been declared Hockey East Goaltending Champion in the first six years of the league's existence.[2] From 2007 to 2009, UNH hosted NCAA Tournament Regional home games.

New Hampshire Wildcats Women's Ice Hockey
Current season
New Hampshire Wildcats Women's Ice Hockey athletic logo
UniversityNew Hampshire
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachHilary Witt
8th (1st at UNH) season, 96–126–24
ArenaWhittemore Center Arena
Capacity: 6,501
LocationDurham, New Hampshire
ColorsBlue, gray, and white[1]
     
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2006
NCAA Tournament appearances
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference Tournament championships
ECAC: 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996
Conference regular season championships
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Year by yearEdit

Won Championship Lost Championship Conference Champions League Leader
Year Coach W L T Conference Conf.
W
Conf.
L
Conf.
T
Finish Conference Tournament NCAA Tournament
2019-20 Hilary Witt 18 15 4 Hockey East 12 12 3 6th HE Won Quarterfinals vs. Providence (4-2, 1-0)

Lost Semifinals vs. UConn (0-4)

Cancelled due to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States
2018-19 Hilary Witt 13 17 6 Hockey East 10 14 3 6th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Boston University (1-5, 1-3) Did not qualify
2017-18 Hilary Witt 14 15 7 Hockey East 9 10 5 5th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Northeastern (2-3, 1-2) Did not qualify
2016-17 Hilary Witt 14 19 2 Hockey East 11 11 2 6th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Boston University (4-2, 3-4, 2-3) Did not qualify
2015-16 Hilary Witt 11 21 4 Hockey East 8 16 0 5th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Connecticut (2-3, 3-4 3OT) Did not qualify
2014-15 Hilary Witt 10 23 3 Hockey East 6 13 2 6th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Northeastern (2-1, 2-3, 3-4) Did not qualify
2013-14 Brian McCloskey 9 23 2 Hockey East 4 15 2 8th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Boston College (1-8) Did not qualify
2012-13 Brian McCloskey 14 16 4 Hockey East 10 8 3 4th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Providence (4-5 OT) Did not qualify
2011-12 Brian McCloskey 10 22 3 Hockey East 4 15 2 6th HE Lost Quarterfinals vs. Boston University (1-9) Did not qualify
2010-11 Brian McCloskey 14 16 2 Hockey East 7 13 1 7th HE Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009-10 Brian McCloskey 19 9 5 Hockey East 13 6 2 2nd HE Lost Semifinals vs. Boston University (0-4) Lost First Round vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1-2)
2008-09 Brian McCloskey 24 6 5 Hockey East 15 2 4 1st HE Won Semifinals vs. Providence (3-1)
Won Championship vs. Boston College (2-1)
Lost First Round vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1-4)
2007-08 Brian McCloskey 33 4 1 Hockey East 20 1 0 1st HE Won Semifinals vs. Boston University (8-0)
Won Championship vs. Providence (1-0)
Lost First Round vs. Minnesota-Duluth (2-3)
2006-07 Brian McCloskey 28 4 5 Hockey East 18 1 2 1st HE Won Semifinals vs. Connecticut (2-0)
Won Championship vs. Providence (3-1)
Lost First Round vs. St. Lawrence (2-6)
2005-06 Brian McCloskey 33 3 1 Hockey East 19 1 1 1st HE Won Semifinals vs. Maine (6-0)
Won Championship vs. Boston College (6-0)
Won First Round vs. Harvard (3-1)
Lost Frozen Four vs. Minnesota (4-5)
2004-05 Brian McCloskey 21 8 6 Hockey East 13 3 4 1st HE Lost Semifinals vs. Connecticut (4-5 OT) Did not qualify
2003-04 Brian McCloskey 23 9 4 Hockey East 17 1 2 1st HE Won Semifinals vs. Northeastern (5-0)
Lost Championship vs. Providence (0-3)
Did not qualify
2002-03 Brian McCloskey 27 7 2 Hockey East 13 2 0 2nd HE Won Semifinals vs. Maine (2-0)
Lost Championship vs. Providence (0-1)
Did not qualify
2001-02 Karen Kay 19 12 5 ECAC Eastern 11 6 4 3rd ECAC E. Won Quarterfinals vs. Connecticut (4-1)
Lost Semifinals vs. Northeastern (0-2)
Did not qualify
2000-01 Karen Kay 17 17 0 ECAC 13 11 0 6th ECAC Lost Quarterfinals vs. St. Lawrence (0-1) Did not qualify
1999-00 Karen Kay 24 10 0 ECAC 17 7 0 4th ECAC Lost Quarterfinals vs. Northeastern (3-4) Did not qualify
1998-99 Karen Kay 23 7 5 ECAC 19 4 3 2nd ECAC Won Quarterfinals vs. Princeton (7-1)
Won Semifinals vs. Brown (5-1)
Lost Championship vs. Harvard (4-5 OT)
Did not qualify
1997-98 Karen Kay 31 5 3
1996-97 Karen Kay 23 9 3
1995-96 Karen Kay 24 5 2
1994-95 Karen Kay 23 10 2
1993-94 Karen Kay 14 10 3
1992-93 Karen Kay 17 5 2
1991-92 Russ McCurdy 15 6 2
1990-91 Russ McCurdy 19 3 0
1989-90 Russ McCurdy 20 3 1
1988-89 Russ McCurdy 16 6 0
1987-88 Russ McCurdy 15 5 1
1986-87 Russ McCurdy 18 1 3
1985-86 Russ McCurdy 18 3 1
1984-85 Russ McCurdy 18 3 0
1983-84 Russ McCurdy 16 4 0
1982-83 Russ McCurdy 19 1 0
1981-82 Russ McCurdy 18 1 1
1980-81 Russ McCurdy 21 0 0
1979-80 Russ McCurdy 20 0 0
1978-79 Russ McCurdy 16 0 1
1977-78 Russ McCurdy 15 0 0

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HistoryEdit

The Wildcats competed in the first AWCHA Division I National Ice Hockey Championship. Contested in March 1998, the Wildcats defeated the Brown Bears by a 4-1 score, to become the first recognized national champion in women's college ice hockey.[7] On January 15, 2000, Carisa Zaban recorded her second straight hat trick (including her 100th career goal), while Samantha Holmes scored one goal and five assists. The Wildcats defeated Northeastern by a score of 9-1.

2006 to 2008Edit

From 2005-06 to 2007-08, the Wildcats set school records with 33 wins in 2006 and 2008. The 2006 team broke seven team and three individual UNH records as well as four team and one individual NCAA records, and 14 team and five individual Hockey East records. In addition, the club had its first perfect season at the Whittemore Center in 2006 (17-0-0). In 2006-07, the club was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2007 season (ended at No. 4). The club's 28 wins in 2007 ranks fourth on program's single-season list.

The following year, in 2007-08, New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 in the nation for eight weeks. The Wildcats ended the year #1 in the nation in penalty kill, #2 in offense, #2 in defense and #2 in power play. The 2008 Wildcats broke six Hockey East team records and tied two others en route to the league's first undefeated season. During the 2007-08 season, Sam Faber of New Hampshire set an NCAA record (since tied) for most game winning goals in one season with 13.[8]

Current rosterEdit

2020–21 WildcatsEdit

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height DoB Hometown Previous team
1   Nikki Harnett Junior G 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2001-01-30 Plymouth, Michigan Armstrong/Cooper Wings (USHS)
3   Annie Berry Junior F 5' 3" (1.6 m) 2000-03-13 Milton, Massachusetts Tabor Academy (USHS)
4   Ciara Wall Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2001-00-00 Hampton, New Hampshire Worcester Academy (USHS)
5   Rae Breton Junior D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 2001-03-06 Brighton, Ontario Durham West Jr. Lightning (PWHL)
7   Avery Myers Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2002-03-14 Fargo, North Dakota Minnesota Ice Cougars U19 (US Midget U19)
8   Nicole Kelly Sophomore F 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2001-02-27 Brantford, Ontario Brantford Collegiate Institute and Virtual School (PWHL)
9   Paige Rynne Senior (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 1999-06-18 Ancaster, Ontario Cambridge Rivulettes (PWHL)
10   Lauren Martin (A) Senior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2000-02-24 Cambridge, Ontario Cambridge Rivulettes (PWHL)
11   Chavonne Truter Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 2002-02-27 Uxbridge, Ontario Durham West Lightning (PWHL)
13   Maddie Truax (A) D 5' 5" (1.65 m) 1998-08-07 Gardner, Massachusetts Northern Cyclones 19U (NEWJHL)
14   Kira Juodikis Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 2003-05-24 Lasalle, Ontario Southwest Wildcats (PWHL)
15   Shea Verrier Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2002-06-25 Reading, Massachusetts Cushing Academy (USHS)
16   Jada Christian Junior F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2001-02-03 Caledon East, Ontario Oakville Hornets (PWHL)
17   Brianna Brooks Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 2002-06-28 Whitby, Ontario Durham West Jr. Lightning (PWHL)
18   Tamara Thierus Junior F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2000-10-17 St-Jérôme, Quebec Stanstead College (CAHS)
20   Kyla Bent Sophomore D 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2002-03-06 Halifax, Nova Scotia Rothesay Netherwood School (NAPHA)
21   Marina Alvarez Freshman D 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2003-01-21 Center Moriches, New York Northwood School (USHS)
23   Charli Kettyle Sophomore D 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2002-02-22 Perth, Ontario Nepean Jr. Wildcats (PWHL)
24   Brooke Hammer Freshman F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2003-00-00 Commerce Township, Michigan Belle Tire (T1EHL 19U)
25   Emily Rickwood Senior D 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2000-02-21 Brantford, Ontario Oakville Hornets (PWHL)
26   Lindsey Dumond Senior F 5' 5" (1.65 m) 1999-02-26 Hampton, New Hampshire Assabet Valley 19U (NEGHL)
27   Brianna Legros Sophomore D 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2002-04-11 New Liskeard, Ontario Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL)
29   Ava Thewes Junior G 5' 3" (1.6 m) 2000-05-05 Clarkston, Michigan Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
35   Ava Boutilier (C) Senior (RS) G 5' 5" (1.65 m) 1999-11-16 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Abbies Bantam AAA (PEIBAAA)


Erin WhittenEdit

Erin Whitten shut out Dartmouth College in her collegiate debut. She began her coaching career when she joined the UNH women's ice hockey staff on July 17, 2000. On July 27, 2006, she was promoted to the position of associate head coach on July 27, 2006.

First Outdoor GameEdit

  • The Northeastern University women's hockey team faced off against New Hampshire at Fenway Park on Jan. 8, 2010, in the first outdoor women's college hockey game ever played. The Wildcats came from behind to win the game by a score of 5-3, with a four goal rally in the third period.[9] The 4 p.m. game played between the Huskies and Wildcats was the first game of a Hockey East Doubleheader. The men's teams at Boston College and Boston University played at 7:30 p.m. It was the 110th all-time matchup between the Huskies and the Wildcats.[10] In the prior 109 matches, New Hampshire had a 73-28-7 record vs. the Huskies.

Notable playersEdit

  • Kacey Bellamy
  • Karyn Bye
  • Colleen Coyne
  • Tricia Dunn
  • Samantha "Sam" Faber (born 1987)
  • Samantha Holmes
  • Sue Merz
  • Kelly Paton
  • Erin Whitten (Four-year varsity goaltender at New Hampshire from 1989–93)
  • Carisa Zaban
  • In the 2009-10 season, Kelly Paton ranked near the top in several scoring categories in the NCAA. She ranked fourth in assists per game (1.00), fifth in points per game (1.59) and tied for sixth in points (51). She led the Wildcats in points (51), goals (19) and plus/minus (plus-16). Paton was named Hockey East co-Player of the Year and won the Hockey East Three Stars Award. In addition, Paton was a unanimous All-Hockey East First Team selection, three-time Hockey East Player of the Month and three-time Hockey East Player of the Week.

Championships and accoladesEdit

  • UNH's history includes four consecutive EAIAW (Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) titles from 1980–83 and five ECAC titles (1986-87-90-91-96).
  • In 1998, New Hampshire won the inaugural women's ice hockey championship (sponsored by the American Women's College Hockey Alliance) in 1998 at the FleetCenter in Boston. In that 1998 season, Brandy Fisher won the inaugural Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top women's collegiate player. Four Wildcats were also members of the 1998 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team.[11]
  • ECAC titles (1990, 1991)
  • ECAC runner-up (1992, 1993)
  • Appeared in the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2008
  • Hockey East regular-season champions in ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08
  • Hockey East Tournament champions in ‘06 ‘07 ‘08

Awards and honorsEdit

National Awards and HonorsEdit

  • Courtney Birchard, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Second Team [12]
  • Erin Whitten, USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year (1994
  • Ava Boutilier, New Hampshire, Women's Hockey Commissioners Association Goaltender of the Month February 2020[13]

Patty Kazmaier AwardEdit

  • Finalists: Nicki Luongo in 1999, Carisa Zaban in 2000 and Kelly Paton in 2010
  • Martine Garland, Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award[14]
  • Kira Misikowetz, Top 10 Finalist for 2002 Patty Kazmaier Award

Conference AwardsEdit

All Rookie TeamEdit

  • Nicole Kelly, 2020-21 Hockey East Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team[15]
  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 WHEA All-Rookie Team[16]

All Star TeamEdit

  • Courtney Birchard, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star[17]
  • Micaela Long, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star
  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Star
  • Erin Whitten, ECAC First Team (1992 and 1993)
  • Erin Whitten, ECAC All-Star Selection (equivalent to First Team status) in 1990 and 1991[18]

Player of the YearEdit

  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Hockey East Co-Player of the Year[19]
  • Carolyn Gordon, 2003-04 Hockey East Player of the Year[20]

Rookie of the YearEdit

  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 Hockey East Rookie of the Year

Goaltender of the YearEdit

  • Erin Whitten, ECAC Goaltender of the Year (1992)

Hockey East Monthly AwardsEdit

  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, October 2009[21]
  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, November 2009
  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, February 2010[22]


Other AwardsEdit

  • Winny Brodt, 1998 AWCHA Tournament Most Outstanding player[23]
  • Lindsey Dumond, New Hampshire, 2021 Hockey East Best Defensive Forward Award[24]
  • Tricia Dunn, Forward, New Hampshire; 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team[25]
  • Brandy Fisher, F, 1996 ECAC Tournament most valuable player[26]
  • Samantha Holmes, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team [27]
  • Jen Huggon, All-America honors in 2003
  • Carrie Jokiel, 2000 Sarah Devens Award[28]
  • Micaela Long, 2010 Hockey East Scoring Champion[29]
  • Nicki Luongo, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, First Team[30]
  • Kerry Maher, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Kira Misikowetz, Forward, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team[31]
  • Kelly Paton, Runner Up, 2010 Hockey East Scoring Champion
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Frozen Four Skills Competition participant[32]
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America First Team [33]
  • Heather Reinke, Defense, 1996 All-ECAC Team
  • Heather Reinke, Defense, 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team
  • Dina Solimini, Goaltender, 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team
  • Dina Solimini, 1996 ECAC Honor Roll
  • Erin Whitten, UNH Department of Women's Athletics Athlete of the Year (1993)
  • Carisa Zaban, 1996 ECAC Honor Roll[34]
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, Second Team
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999-2000 All-America selection

Team Scoring ChampionsEdit

Season Player GP G A Pts
2002-03 Stephanie Jones 36 22 15 37[35]
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08 Sam Faber 38 25 24 49[36]
2008-09 Jenn Wakefield 31 32 17 49[37]
2009-10 Kelly Paton 22 12 24 36[38]
2010-11 Kristina Lavoie 32 9 11 20[39]
2011-12 Kristina Lavoie 32 16 12 28[40]
2012-13 Kristina Lavoie 32 11 12 23[41]
2013-14 Jessica Hitchcock 26 9 12 21 [42]
2014-15 Jonna Curtis 36 13 9 22 [43]
2015-16 Jonna Curtis 36 16 17 33 [44]
2016-17 Jonna Curtis 35 21 21 42[45]
2017-18 Meghara McManus 34 11 9 20[46]
2018-19 Taylor Wenczkowski 36 20 6 26[47]
2019-20 Meghara McManus 36 17 10 27[48]
2020-21 Nicole Kelly 22 5 9 14[49]

Wildcats in professional hockeyEdit

= CWHL All-Star = NWHL All-Star = Clarkson Cup Champion = Isobel Cup Champion