UNH women's hockey sweeps Hockey East awards

BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team swept the three major conference awards as senior goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) was named TPS Louisville Player of the Year, freshman forward Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) was feted ITECH Rookie of the Year and Brian McCloskey was tabbed CCM Coach of the Year at Friday afternoon's Women's Hockey East banquet.

Huggon, as well as teammates Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), was named to the All-Star First Team while Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) earned All-Star Second Team honors. Hansen and Vicki Davis (Edmonton, Alb.) made the All-Rookie Team. Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) was given Honorable Mention.

Huggon, whose 10 regular-season awards included two Goaltender of the Month awards and a Player of the Month honor from Women's Hockey East, leads the nation in both wins (25) and shutouts (13). Her 1.59 goals-against-average leads the league and ranks third in the country. Huggon's .927 save percentage in second in the conference and sixth overall.

In 15 Women's Hockey East games, Huggon registered a 13-2-0 record with a 0.89 GAA, .953 save percentage and nine shutouts. She was named the ITECH Goaltending Champion with her league-low 0.89 GAA and also earned the ITECH "Three Stars" Award, which is presented to the player who amasses the most ITECH "Three Stars of the Game" points in league play.

Hansen, a three-time Rookie of the Week selection, led all Women's Hockey East rookies in scoring with 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists, and her 0.79 points-per-game ranks 14th nationally among rookies. She ended the regular-season with a point in seven consecutive games with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in that span.

Head coach Brian McCloskey, in his first year at the Wildcat helm, guided New Hampshire to a 26-6-2 overall record (13-2-0 Women's Hockey East) and a No. 6 national ranking that has the Wildcats fighting for a berth in the Women's Frozen Four. The 26 victories is the second-highest total in UNH's 26-year history [the 1998 national championship team holds the record of 31].

Thomas, a junior defenseman and co-captain, leads the team in assists with 23 and is tied for sixth in points with 27. She began the year with a point in nine consecutive games and in 13 of 14. Thomas' regular-season honors included Player of the Month (October). In 15 conference games, she registered 11 points (2-9-11).

Jones, a sophomore forward whose regular-season honors included Player of the Month (December), leads the Wildcats in goals (21) and points (36). She also has a team-high seven game-winning goals, which ranks third in the nation, and is 19th in the country in goals-per-game (0.62). Jones ended the regular season with a seven-game goal-scoring streak in which she recorded totals of 10-5-15. In 15 conference games, Jones scored 10 goals and assisted on seven others for 17 points.

Edgar, a junior defenseman, ranks third on the team in assists with 21 and fourth in points with 30. She is ninth in the nation in points-per-game among defensemen at 0.83 ppg, and her three game-winning goals ranks 20th. Edgar leads the team in power-play goals (four) and plus/minus (+34). She registered 16 points (5-11-16) in 15 Women's Hockey East contests.

Davis, a forward who earned Rookie of the Month (November), enters the postseason with 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists. She netted all seven goals in Women's Hockey East play to rank fifth in the league and second on the team. Davis has recorded a point in four consecutive games and in six of the last seven.

Kaip, a senior forward, is tied for second on the team in points (34) and is also second in assists (22) and third in goals (12). All three of those numbers are career highs. Kaip has scored three game-winning goals, which ranks 20th in the nation. Like Davis, she has registered a point in four consecutive games and in six of the last seven.

UNH (26-6-2) is seeded No. 2 in the Women's Hockey East Championships, which begin March 15 at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. The Wildcats play Maine in a 1 p.m. semifinal game on Saturday. The title game is March 16 (2 p.m.).

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