UNH skaters to compete at USA Hockey Women's National Festival

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, along with former Wildcat, two-time Olympian and current UNH assistant coach Tricia Dunn (Derry, N.H.), will compete at the USA Hockey Women's National Festival that will take place Aug. 13-19 in Lake Placid, N.Y., USA Hockey announced recently.

Thomas, a junior defenseman and co-captain of the 2002-03 Wildcat squad, was named to the Blue Team, which is also the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team that will play a three-game exhibition series against Canada from Aug. 21-24. Last year at UNH, Thomas played in all 36 games and recorded 24 points on five goals and 19 assists. Those numbers ranked 14th in the nation in points per game (defenseman) as well as third on the team in assists and fifth in points. Thomas was second on the team in plus/minus at +20 and helped anchor a defense that ranked sixth in the nation.

Huggon, who will dress for the Red Team at the Festival, is a senior goaltender who ranks first on UNH's career leaderboard in saves (2,146), second in both games (89) and minutes (5310:25), third in save percentage (.922), fifth in career wins (48) and fourth in career shutouts (12). Last year, Huggon broke the UNH record for consecutive shutouts (three) and consecutive shutout minutes (245:39). She started 34 of the team's 36 games, played 2021 minutes, 19 seconds of a possible 2193:03 and compiled a 17-12-5 record with a 1.78 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Those numbers ranked seventh in the nation in save percentage and 11th in GAA. Her save percentage was the third-best single-season effort in UNH's 25-year history. Among single-season superlatives, Huggon tied the school record for games played, ranked sixth in GAA, was second in saves and third in both shutouts and minutes.

Dunn, a forward entering her first year as assistant coach with the UNH women's hockey program,, will be Huggon's teammate at the Festival. Dunn is a 1996 graduate of New Hampshire who competed in all five games at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and helped the U.S. win a silver medal. In the 2001-02 Pre-Olympic Tour, she recorded 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists in 28 games. She also skated in all six games at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan as the U.S. won the gold medal. In five years with the U.S. National Team and one (1999-2000) with the U.S. Select Team, Dunn has skated in 142 games with 48 goals and 42 assists for 90 points.

A four-year letterwinner on the New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, Dunn amassed 117 career points (60 goals, 57 assists) in 108 games. She recorded personal bests of 23 goals, 27 assists and 50 points as a junior in the 1994-95 season. Dunn scored a goal in the 1996 ECAC championship game in which UNH defeated Providence College, 3-2, in the longest game in collegiate hockey (145 minutes, 35 seconds). At the time, the 24 victories by the 1996 team was a school record (that mark is currently second best). The Wildcats also finished as runner-up in the ECAC tournament in 1993 and 1995.


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