DURHAM, N.H. -- Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario), a sophomore defenseman and tri-captain on the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named USCHO Division I Women's Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday night, as announced by USCHO.com.
Garland anchored a Wildcat defensive unit that allowed just nine shots by Northeastern University in a Nov. 22 victory (2-0) and 16 by then-No. 1 University of Wisconsin in UNH's 2-1 win at the Dartmouth Classic on Nov. 27. Garland also contributed to the offense with a pass through the neutral zone that set up a breakaway goal by Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) that gave UNH a 1-0 lead late in the first period vs. Wisconsin.
In 11 games this season, Garland has recorded 11 points on three goals and eight assists and she ranks No. 4 in the nation among defensemen in points per game (1.00). She is tied for second on the team -- and is first among blueliners -- in both assists and points, and is tied for first overall in plus/minus (+10). She recorded a point in the first five games of the season, which stands as the longest point-scoring streak by a Wildcat this season, and has at least one point in seven games. Garland's season highlights include a three-point effort (1g, 2a) vs. Brown on Oct. 28 that matched her personal bests in both assists and points.
UNH (9-2-0, 4-1-0 Hockey East) returns to action Nov. 30 (7 p.m.) at home against Boston University. The Wildcats play at the University of Vermont on Dec. 4 (2 p.m.) and are not home again until Jan. 4, 2006 (7 p.m.) against Colgate University.