TODAY’S GAME: The Terriers (9-8-3, 4-5-2 HE) host the No. 2 University of New Hampshire Wildcats (14-2-0, 6-1-0 HE) at Walter Brown Arena in their first game after the holiday break. New Hampshire has played two games in 2006, a 4-1 win at Dartmouth on Jan. 1, and a 7-0 victory over Colgate on Jan. 4.
RETURN TO ACTION: This is the first game for the Terriers after more than a month-long break. BU completed its first half schedule, and its 20th game of the season, against Sacred Heart on Dec. 4, 2005. The Terriers have 13 remaining games in the second half.
TERRIERS HONORED: Cara Hendry and Amanda Shaw competed with the Hockey East All-Stars against the U.S. Women’s National Team on Dec. 11 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Hendry scored the second of two All-Star goals in the first period in a 5-2 Team USA win.
STANDINGS: The Terriers are currently in fifth place in the Hockey East standings with a 4-5-2 record and 10 points in the division.
WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL SEASON: This is the inaugural season at the Division I level for the Terriers after playing 32 years at the club level.
TERRIER TEAM NOTES
AT THE HALF: Picked last in the preseason poll, the Terriers finished their impressive first half with a 9-8-3 overall record (4-5-2 HE). They currently sit fifth in the league with 10 points and are only three points out of first place. BU entered the holiday break a seasoned team after playing 20 of its 33 regular-season games. Many young players have stepped up to add depth to the first-year team. Five of the six players with 10 or more points are freshmen, while rookie goaltender Allyse Wilcox has backboned the team and is third in the nation in total saves with 446.
LAST TIME OUT: The Terriers’ last game was against Sacred Heart on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005. BU defeated the Pioneers, 7-2. Erin Seman, Stephanie Armstrong and Laurel Koller each scored two goals, while Cara Hendry had one. Karilyn Pilch earned her second win of the season, making 18 saves.
STRONG LINE: The second line of Erin Seman, Stephanie Armstrong and Laurel Koller had a breakout game against Sacred Heart. Seman, Armstrong and Koller each scored two goals, while Seman tallied three assists, Armstrong notched two and Koller had one. The line combined for 12 points (6-6) in the 7-2 victory over the Pioneers.
STRENGTH IN GOAL: Allyse Wilcox has a season GAA of 2.30 and a save percentage of .921. She is third in the nation with 446 total saves behind Northeastern goaltender Marisa Hourihand and Connecticut’s Kaitlyn Shain, while placing sixth in the country in minutes with 993. She was runner-up for Hockey East Goaltender of the Month in October and has made at least 25 saves in 10 of the 16 games she has started, while tallying more than 30 saves in five of them.
TEAM LEADERS: Laurell Koller (9-11--20), Gina Kearns (7-11--18), Erin Seman (7-10--17), Nicki Wiart (7-10--17) and Cara Hendry (6-11--17) are the top-five Terriers in points. Koller leads the team in plus/minus with +12.
THE POWER PLAY: A strong point for this young team is the strength of the special teams. The Terrier power play is tenth in the nation and has scored on 23 of 116 opportunites for a 19.8% conversion rate.
THE PENALTY KILL: The Terriers are strong on the power play, but even more dominant on the penalty kill. BU is ranked seventh in the nation on the penalty kill with a 89.6% kill rate. The Terriers have allowed only 14 goals on 134 chances, while averaging 16.8 penalty minutes a game. Nicki Wiart has two shorthanded goals, while Gina Kearns has one.
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE: The Terriers boast a 7-1-2 record at Walter Brown Arena, while holding a 2-7-1 record on the road.
RANKED OPPONENTS: The Wildcats are the second ranked opponent BU has played in its first year at the Division I level. On Oct. 29, 2005 the Terriers dropped a close 4-3 decision to then No. 6 Dartmouth.
YOUNG TEAM: The Terriers enter the season with a very young team, including four juniors, two sophomores and 18 freshmen on the roster. Of the 24 players, only three were at BU last year. Only two players, Cara Hendry and Stephanie Armstrong, have Division I experience.
CAPTAIN: Cara Hendry, a junior transfer from Minnesota State University Mankato, was named captain by Head Coach Brian Durocher. Last year she posted six points (3-3) in 34 games for Mankato. One of the few players on the team with Division I experience, Hendry will be looked at to provide leadership and guidence to this young team.
COACHES: Brian Durocher also begins his first season as a head coach. Most recently he spent eight seasons as the associate head coach and director of recruiting for the BU men’s ice hockey team.
Coach Durocher is joined on the bench by Assistant coaches Kerstin Matthews and Erika Silva. Matthews, a former Providence (‘00) standout joins the team after serving as the head coach of the BU women’s club team for the past two seasons. Silva, a former goalie at Northeastern (‘01), still holds six records at her alma mater. She joins the Terriers after playing two seasons of professional hockey with the Brampton Thunder of the National Women’s Hockey League (2002-04).
ON THE SEASON: The Wildcats enter Saturday’s game on a nine-game unbeaten streak. New Hampshire has not lost since a 3-2 overtime loss at Boston College on Nov. 11. The Wildcats lead the nation in scoring margin, winning by an average of 3.38 goals per game. Ten players have 10 or more points, while 15 have five or more points.
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