UNH's Gordon named Hockey East Player of the Year

BOSTON – Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario), a senior forward and assistant captain on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named Player of the Year by Hockey East at Friday's annual league banquet.

Gordon was joined on the Hockey East All-Star First team by classmates Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ontario) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) as well as linemate Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.). In addition, freshman goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) received Honorable Mention and was voted to the ITECH All-Rookie Team along with Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Gordon, whose other league honors included Player of the Month (February) and two selections as Player of the Week, led Hockey East in goals (23) and shooting percentage (.230), and was also second in game-winning goals (four) and fourth in points (38). Gordon is currently 14th in the nation in goals (0.68 per game) and 25th in points (1.12 per game). In 20 Hockey East games, she recorded 20 goals and eight assists for 28 points as well as an impressive .282 shooting percentage. Her season highlights included her 50th career goal and 100th career point as well as matching her personal high in goals with a hat trick vs. Providence and matching her personal best in assists with three vs. St. Lawrence. Gordon recorded a point in 23 of 34 games with 11 multiple-point efforts.

Edgar, a defenseman, compiled eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 33 regular-season games, and that included four goals and 11 assists with a plus/minus rating of +14 in 19 Hockey East games. She currently ranks 12th in the nation in defensemen scoring at 0.73 points-per-game. Her 2004 highlights included a season-high three points (2g, 1a) vs. Boston College a pair of two-assist efforts. Edgar recorded a point in 17 of 33 games with six multiple-point performances.

Thomas, a defenseman, ranks second on the team in assists (26) and fifth in points (29), and with those numbers she is No. 14 in the nation in assists (0.79 per game) and No. 3 in defensemen scoring (0.88 ppg). In 20 Hockey East games, Thomas tallied one goal and 19 assists for 20 points. She established a league record for assists with a career-high five in the Feb. 6 game against Northeastern University. Thomas, who became the 31st Wildcat to record 100 career points, is third on the team – and first among defensemen – in plus/minus (+18). She recorded a point in 21 of 33 games with five multiple-point efforts.

Hansen, a sophomore who was also recognized as the Hockey East Scoring Champion, recorded a team-high 40 points with 11 goals and 29 assists, which was another team high, in 30 games. Those numbers rank eighth in the nation in assists (0.97 per game) and 15th in points (1.34 per game). In 19 Hockey East games, Hansen had totals of eight goals, 23 assists and 31 points, which ranked first in the league in both assists and points. Her season highlights included career highs in both assists (four) and points (five) vs. Boston College and her 50th career point. Hansen, who was named Hockey East Player of the Month in January, recorded a point in 21 of 30 games with 11 multiple-point games.

Bourdon, a two-time Rookie of the Month and five-time Rookie of the Week, led Hockey East in goals-against-average (1.80) and was recognized as the Goaltdending Champion for that feat. Her other league statistics included a 14-1-1 record, .913 save percentage and a league-best four shutouts. Overall, Bourdon went 17-5-2 with a 1.82 GAA, .918 save percentage and six shutouts, and she is ranked No. 7 in GAA and No. 15 in save percentage. Her season highlights included a shutout at Princeton University in her collegiate debut, a season-high 36 saves at Mercyhurst College, a shutout streak of 146 minutes, 51 seconds and holding the opposition to two goals or less in 17 of 24 games.

Garland, a defenseman, recorded 12 points with five goals and seven assists in 33 games, which included three goals and seven assists in 19 Hockey East games. As the season progressed she developed into a quarterback on the power play, in part because of a hard, accurate slap shot. Garland's season highlights included a five-game point-scoring streak and her first collegiate point was the game-winning goal at Princeton.

Hekle, a forward who was honored twice this season as Rookie of the Week, is UNH's rookie leader in goals (11), assists (14) and points (25) and ranks second on the team in shooting percentage. At 0.74 ppg, she is ranked 13th in the nation on the rookie leaderboard. In 20 Hockey East games, Hekle recorded 15 points with six goals and nine assists. She broke the league's single-game record for points with six (1g, 5a) at UConn on Feb. 22.

New Hampshire (22-8-4 overall, 17-1-2 Hockey East) is the top seed in the upcoming Hockey East Championships and will face off against fourth-seeded Northeastern University (13-12-8, 7-9-4) in a March 20 semifinal at NU's Matthews Arena. Game time is 4 p.m.

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