New Hampshire skaters honored by Women's Hockey East

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), a junior defenseman on the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named TPS Louisville Player of the Month for October by Women's Hockey East and senior Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) was honored as ITECH Goaltender of the Month, the league announced Thursday.

Thomas, the reigning Defensive Player of the Week, recorded a point in all five Wildcat games in October and finished the month with eight points on a goal and seven assists. Those numbers lead UNH in both assists and points and rank her fifth in the nation in assists and 12th in points - second amongst defensemen.

Thomas matched her career highs in both assists and points with three assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in the Wildcats' 5-3 victory at Quinnipiac University on Oct. 25. Her presence on the blueline, especially on the penalty kill unit, has helped UNH to a No. 3 national ranking in defense at 1.40 goals per game.

Huggon, the league's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21, is 5-0-0 this season with a 1.38 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage. She began the year with consecutive shutouts against Vermont and Ohio State and recorded her third shutout of the season with an eight-save effort against Quinnipiac on Oct. 26. Huggon recorded a season-high 28 saves in UNH's 1-0 win at Ohio State on Oct. 18.

With her five victories this year, Huggon has ascended to No. 2 on the program's all-time leaderboard with 53; Alicia Roberts is atop the list at 76. Huggon has also increased her career shutout total to 15, which is second only to Cathy Narsiff's mark of 16.

New Hampshire, which is 5-0-0 under the guidance of first-year head coach Brian McCloskey, returns to action this weekend for a two-game home series against Maine at the Whittemore Center. Both games begin at 2 p.m. The Nov. 2 matchup, which is the Women's Hockey East opener for both teams, will be televised live by NHPTV.

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