Jones named top player, Hitchcock garners rookie award
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), a senior forward and captain on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named Player of the Week by Hockey East and teammate Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) garnered the ITECH Rookie of the Week award, the league announced Monday. Each player won her respective award for the second time this season.
Jones, who was tabbed top player Dec. 7, scored a goal in all three Wildcat games last week and also recorded three assists to finish with six points. She had a hand in all four of UNH's goals in the two-game series vs. Maine as she scored the game's only goal to give the 'Cats a 1-0 win in Game 1, then recorded a goal and two assists to rally the Wildcats to a 3-3 tie the following day. Jones also registered a goal and an assist in last Tuesday's 5-1 win vs. Colgate.
Hitchcock, also named the league's top rookie Nov. 8, recorded five points (1g, 4a) in three games last week. She assisted on both the game-winning goal (Friday) as well as the game-tying goal (Saturday) vs. Maine. Hitchcock also had a team-high three points with a goal and two assists vs. Colgate and that included an assist on the game-winning goal.
Jones has a team-high four game-winning goals, is tied for the team lead in goals (15), is second in points (28) and fourth in assists (13). She ranks seventh in the nation in game-winning goals and is 23rd in goals (0.65 per game). In 130 career games, Jones has amassed 128 points on 70 goals and 58 assists.
Hitchcock ranks second among UNH rookies in points with 18 (eight goals, 10 assists) and is 13th in the nation on the rookie point leaderboard at 0.78 per game. She ranks second on the team in game-winning goals with three and is tied with Jones for second in power-play goals (four).
UNH has received six Player of the Week, as well as three ITECH Rookie of the Week, awards from Hockey East this season.
New Hampshire (15-4-4, 7-0-2 Hockey East) is idle this week and returns to action with a home-and-home series against Providence College on Jan. 29 (away) and Jan. 30 (home). Both games begin at 2 p.m.