Associate head coach Jamie Wood and assistant head coach Stephanie Jones will serve as interim co-head coaches of the UNH women’s ice hockey team for the remainder of the season.
UNH athletics director Marty Scarano made the announcement Wednesday. The Wildcats have been without a head coach since Dec. 5, when longtime coach Brian McCloskey was fired after an incident that involved contact with a player on the bench during the team’s Nov. 30 game.
Wood, a 1994 graduate of Middlebury College, joined the coaching staff in June 2010 as an associate head coach. The Wildcats have compiled a 45-64-11 overall record since he joined the program, and that includes 7-10-2 this season.
Jones, a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats who graduated in 2005, joined the UNH coaching staff as an assistant coach in summer 2006. In seven-plus years with Jones on the bench, the ‘Cats have a 149-87-27 overall record with three Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles (2007-08-09) and four NCAA tournament appearances (2007-08-09-10).
Franklin Pierce 57, American International 54: At Springfield, Mass., Brittany Martelle scored 18 points and nine rebounds, and Kara Charette added 14 in a winning cause Wednesday. The Ravens are 6-6, 3-4 in the Northeast-10.
Southern Conn. 75, SNHU 62: At New Haven, Conn., Jackie Bethea paced Southern Connecticut with 17 points and 10 rebounds, with five of those coming on the offensive glass. Keshia Primo totaled 13 points, going 3-5 behind the arc, while Nicole Grossbard added 11 points for the Owls.
Southern New Hampshire was led by freshman Sara Ryan as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers and finished with 11 points. Junior Brooke Springfield, of Jaffrey, and sophomores Erin Doherty and Bianca Langford each tallied 10 points, with Doherty grabbing eight rebounds. Springfield dished out five assists.
The Owls improve to 6-7 and 2-5 in NE-10 play, while the Penmen are now 5-8 and 3-5 in the league.
New Haven 65, St. Anselm 51: Freshman Candace Andrews poured in a career- and game-high 21 points Wednesday in a losing effort for the Hawks.
The Hawks, who had won four of their last five contests entering the day, drop to 8-6 on the season, including 4-5 in Northeast-10 play.
American International 68, Franklin Pierce 65: At Springfield, Mass., Senior forward Ellis Cooper threw in a game-high 26 points for the No. 16-ranked Ravens, but it wasn’t enough as American International scored the game’s final seven points to pull off the upset.
SNHU 99, Southern Conn. 90: At New Haven, Conn., senior Mike Stys, of Hooksett, poured in a career-high 23 points for Southern New Hampshire, going 7-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-6 behind the arc. Sophomore Rodney Sanders knocked down all five of his 3-point attempts and matched his season high with 21 points, while Elijah Bonsignore added 13 points and six rebounds. SNHU improved to 6-6 and 4-5 in the NE-10.
Dartmouth 4, Boston University 2:At Boston, senior Nick Lovejoy scored his first career goal late in the second period to break a tie. Goalie Charles Grant was solid in net as he turned aside 26 shots from Terrier (7-10-2) sticks on the night. Charlie Moset and Eric Neiley also scored for the Big Green (3-11-2).