No. 1 UNH sweeps Hockey East annual awards
Sadie Wright-Ward

UNH also swept the awards in Hockey East's inaugural season (2003). In addition, a UNH Wildcat has been named Player of the Year all four years and McCloskey is a three-time recipient of the league's Coach of the Year award (2003, 2005, 2006).

Wright-Ward, also crowned the Hockey East Scoring Champion for recording 39 points in 21 league games, was joined on the Hockey East First Team All-Star list by fellow sophomore forward Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and sophomore defenseman Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario). Hitchcock was also presented with the ITECH Three Stars Award.

Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) was declared the Hockey East Goaltending Champion (lowest league GAA) for the third consecutive year and she was named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star. Faber was also named to the All-Rookie Team.

McCloskey guided the Wildcats to a third consecutive Hockey East regular-season title with a 19-1-1 league record this year. He recorded his 100th career victory Feb. 25 and has compiled a 101-26-13 overall record, including a 62-7-7 mark in Hockey East, with four consecutive 20+ win seasons. In his first year as head coach of the program, he led the 'Cats to a 27-7-2 record, which is now the third-best single-season mark behind this year's 30 and the 1998 benchmark of 31.

Wright-Ward enters the Hockey East Championship Tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation in points (1.64 ppg), No. 5 in goals (0.82 gpg), No. 6 in assists (0.82), No. 14 in power-play goals (seven) and No. 19 in game-winning goals (four). She leads UNH in goals (27) and tied for the team lead in points (54). Wright-Ward also ranks second in game-winning goals (four), tied for second in power-play goals (seven), tied for third in assists (27) and fourth in shooting percentage (.175; 27 goals/154 shots). In addition, she is second in plus/minus at +40.

Hitchcock is the national leader in power-play goals (11) as well as No. 3 in the nation in both points (1.64 ppg) and assists (0.91 apg), No. 10 in goals (0.73 gpg) and No. 7 in game-winning goals (five). She leads the team in assists (30), power-play goals, game-winning goals and is tied for the team lead in points (54). Hitchcock also ranks second on the team in goals (24), third in plus/minus (+33) and fifth in shooting percentage (.173; 24 goals/139 shots). In Hockey East (21 games), she finished in a tie for first in goals (18), second in points (38) and third in assists (20).

Garland ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation in defensemen scoring (1.07 ppg) and No. 2 overall in assists (0.93 apg). Her overall numbers rank 10th in Hockey East in points (32) and third in assists (28), and her Hockey East league statistics rank first in assists (22) and sixth in points (23). Garland is second on the team in assists and tied for fifth in points.

Bourdon enters the tourney ranked No. 1 in the nation in both wins (25) and winning percentage (.911), No. 3 in GAA (1.14) and No. 10 in save percentage (.925). In 28 games (all starts), she is 25-2-1 with eight shutouts. The eight shutouts ranks second on UNH's list of single-season superlatives and No. 1 in the league this season. Bourdon ended the regular season with two consecutive shutouts (Feb. 26 vs. UVM and Feb. 22 vs. BU) as part of an overall shutout streak of 162:19. In 16 Hockey East games, she went 14-1-1 with a 1.18 GAA, .920 save percentage and five shutouts. In seven games vs. nationally-ranked teams, Bourdon went 7-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .941 save percentage.

Faber is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation - and No. 4 among rookies - in scoring at 1.36 ppg, No. 6 in assists (0.82 apg), No. 21 in goals (0.55 gpg) and No. 9 in shorthanded goals (two). She is third on the team in points (45), tied for third in assists (27) and fourth in goals (18). Faber leads the team in shorthanded goals and plus/minus (+41), as well as second in shooting percentage at .184 (18 goals/98 shots). In 21 Hockey East games, Faber recorded 15-16-31 to rank third in the league in points and goals as well as fifth in assists. She carries a 14-game point-scoring streak into the postseason (11-16-27; 1.93 ppg).

UNH (30-2-1 overall, 19-1-1 Hockey East) takes a 14-game winning streak and 26-game unbeaten streak (25-0-1) into this weekend's Hockey East Championship. The top-seeded Wildcats play fourth-seeded University of Maine in a March 4 semifinal. Game time at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena is 12 p.m.

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