UNH skaters honored at women's hockey banquet

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team recently held its annual team banquet and honored the student-athletes who made the 2003 Wildcat squad the second-winningest in the 26-year history of the program with a 27-7-2 record.

Senior goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) was the recipient of the Karyn Bye Award, which recognizes the team MVP. Huggon, whose 2003 honors included All-America First Team and Hockey East Player of the Year, ended the season as the national leader in wins (26), shutouts (14) and minutes played (2085:40). She was also second in both goals-against-average (1.52) and save percentage (.930). This season's totals in shutouts and minutes broke UNH single-season records, as did her 35 games played. Huggon's 26 wins ranks second on the program's single-season superlative list while her GAA and saves (705) both rank third and her save percentage is fourth.

Huggon holds 11 UNH goaltending records, including the three single-season benchmarks she established this season.

Senior co-captain Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) was given the Tricia Dunn Award (best defensive forward) for the second consecutive year, and junior co-captain Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) received the Colleen Coyne Award (best defenseman) for the second time in as many years.

Fahlenbock played in all 36 games and recorded 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists; both the goal and point totals were single-season highs and the 10 assists matched last year's top output. Her speed and assertive play made her an effective skater on the penalty kill and on the forecheck.

Thomas, whose 2002-03 Women's Hockey East honors included All-Star First Team and Player of the Month (October), tied for the team lead in assists with 23, tied for sixth in points with 27 and was fourth in plus/minus at +30. Thomas ranked 11th in the nation in points-per-game for defenseman (0.82) and was 25th overall in assists (0.70 per game).

Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.), a senior forward, received the Sue Merz Award (Seventh Player). Kaip ranked third on the team in goals (12), assists (22) and points (34) - all single-season highs -- and also had a strong plus/minus rating of +22. She received Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention and was named the league's Player of the Week on Nov. 11.

Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), a junior forward, was named the Unsung Hero. Gordon, a two-time Hockey East Player of the Week, ranked second on the team in goals (20), game-winning goals (five) and points (35); her five game-winning tallies ranked eighth in the nation. She led the team in shooting percentage (.190) and tied Allison Edgar for the lead in power-play goals (four). Gordon ranked third on the team and second among forwards in plus/minus at +31.

Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) received the Award for Academic Excellence for the third consecutive year. Edgar, a junior defenseman selected to the Women's Hockey East All-Star Second Team, recorded a team-high plus/minus rating of +35, tied for the team lead in both assists (23) and power-play goals (four) and was fourth in points with 32. She ranked ninth in the nation in points-per-game among defensemen at 0.89.

The Rookie of the Year award went to Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.). Hansen, the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and three-time Rookie of the Week selection, led all UNH freshmen in goals (10), assists (17) and points (27). Hansen ranked 17th in the nation in points-per-game for rookies at 0.75. She was sixth on the team in points, tied for fifth in goals and fifth in assists.

The program said goodbye to seven seniors, including Huggon, Fahlenbock and Kaip. Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.), Hillary Ensor (Grapevine, Texas), Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.) and Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) also donned the UNH Blue and White hockey jersey for the last time in 2003.

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