Feb. 20, 2013
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The No. 4 Boston University women's ice hockey team will welcome New Hampshire to Walter Brown Arena on Wednesday night in an important conference clash. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.
This game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but was postponed until Wednesday due to inclement weather. BU (20-5-3, 15-2-1 WHEA) has gone 2-1-0 since then, while New Hampshire (13-14-3, 9-7-2 WHEA) owns a 2-0-1 record in that time.
The Terriers enter the final three games of their regular-season schedule needing a win to keep pace with Boston College, which defeated Providence last night to move into sole possession of first place. If BU and BC both win out, the teams will share the regular-season title and a coin flip will determine which squad gets the top seed in the Hockey East playoffs.
The line of junior Louise Warren, senior Isabel Menard and sophomore Kayla Tutino was fantastic for the Terriers in their 3-2 win over Vermont on Sunday. Menard scored twice, Warren added a goal and Tutino tallied all three primary assists in the win. Junior defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin also had a great game, as she assisted on two of the goals, including Menard's game-winner in the second period.
The Wildcats are three points behind third-place Northeastern and only a point ahead of fifth-place Providence in the battle for home-ice advantage in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Senior Kristina Lavoie leads UNH in goals (11) and points (24) while sitting in a tie for second with 13 assists behind freshman Alexis Crossley. Senior Kristine Horn leads the team with 14 helpers and is second behind Lavoie with 20 points.
Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan has earned the start for UNH in each of the last 13 contests. She owns an overall record of 9-4-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Gilligan started the previous two meetings between the two teams this season.
Following Wednesday night's game, the Terriers will begin a home-and-home series with Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.