WOMEN'S HOCKEY HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AT BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior defensemen Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and Nicole Goguen (Truro, Nova Scotia) were multiple-award recipients at the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team’s annual banquet, which was held Saturday at Holloway Commons to commemorate the 2007 season and honor the six-member senior class.

Garland received the Karyn Bye Award (team MVP) as well as the Colleen Coyne Award (top defenseman), an honor she also received last season. Garland helped lead a defense that ranked third in the nation with a 1.51 goals against average and fifth with a .894 penalty kill percentage. She ranked 10th nationally in defensemen scoring (0.84 points per game) and 21st in the nation in assists (0.69 apg). Her totals of six goals and 25 assists for 31 points ranked second on the team in assists and fourth in points. She also led the team in plus/minus at +37. Garland’s 2007 honors included Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist and Hockey East All-Star First Team.

Goguen was the recipient of both the Unsung Hero Award and the Norma O’Dowd Award for Sportsmanship. Goguen is the consummate defensive defenseman who is always in position to make – and then executes – the right play. As such, she is noted for her steady, if not flashy, play. Goguen recorded four points, all on assists, and she matched her career highs in both assists (two) and points (two) against Boston College.

Senior forward Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was presented the Tricia Dunn Award (top defensive forward) for the second time in three years; she received the same distinction in 2005 and was named USCHO Defensive Forward of the Year in 2006. Hekle, who holds the Hockey East record for both assists and points in a game, recorded 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points as a senior. Her season highlights included her 50th career goal and breaking the UNH record for career games played (145).

Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.), another senior forward, received the Sue Merz Award (seventh player). She tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and netted the game-winning goal in the Hockey East championship game vs. Providence College. Her season highlights included back-to-back three-point efforts (which matched her career high), one of which was a three-assist performance, as well as her 50th career assist.

Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) was named Rookie of the Year. She ranked No. 13 in the nation among rookies in scoring at 0.92 points per game. Paton was third on the team in both points (34) and assists (21) as well as fourth in goals (13), and her plus/minus rating of +32 was second best. Her season highlights included a personal-best three assists – the three points also marked a career high – against Colgate University. Paton’s other honors this season included Hockey East All-Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team.

Junior defenseman Diana Saly (Edina, Minn.) was honored with the Academic Excellence Award. Saly, a double major in math and philosophy, was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in each of her first two years as a Wildcat. This season, Saly recorded two points, both on assists, and she tied for fifth in plus/minus at +23.

Caleo and classmate Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) were bestowed the Fan Favorite Award. Busa compiled a 2-0-0 overall record with a 1.29 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. In two starts, she had a 0.50 GAA and .950 save percentage. Busa recorded a season-high 12 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the University of Vermont.

Garland, who served as tri-captain in ’07, was introduced as team captain of the 2008 team. Goguen and Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), who served alongside Garland as captain, were named assistant captains.

The Class of 2007 – Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), Busa, Caleo, Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario), Hekle and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) – was given special recognition. These seniors compiled a 105-24-16 overall record in four years that included a 67-6-9 mark in Hockey East and a 57-6-9 record at the Whittemore Center. They won four regular-season Hockey East crowns, two league tournament titles and made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, including one trip to the Frozen Four.
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