WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario), a freshman forward on the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named February’s Mission Rookie of the Month by Hockey East on Tuesday afternoon. Wakefield was also honored as the league’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Wakefield recorded seven goals, including one game-winning goal, and five assists for 12 points in seven February games, all vs. Hockey East teams. Those numbers led UNH in both goals and points. She also recorded a team-best +11 plus/minus rating and had a .259 shooting percentage.

Wakefield helped lead the Wildcats to a sweep of Providence College (Feb. 23-24) with an assist on the second of two goals in a 25-second span that turned a scoreless tie into a 2-0 first-period lead en route to a 3-0 win, then the next day she pulled the ‘Cats even at 1 and set up the game-winning goal in the 3-1 victory. She recorded a point in six of seven games with four multiple-point efforts that included back-to-back two-goal, one-assist efforts at Maine.

In 29 games this season, Wakefield has tallied 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points. She ranks third in the nation in rookie scoring (1.41 points per game) and that number is No. 9 overall; she is fifth in goals (0.79 gpg). Wakefield leads the team in goals, ranks second in plus/minus (+33) and is third in both points and shooting percentage (.190).

Her other accolades include Hockey East Scoring Champion (33 points in 18 league games) and four-time selection as the league’s Mission Rookie of the Week.

UNH has been awarded the Mission Rookie of the Month award four of five months this season. Freshman goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) was given that recognition for the months of November and December.

New Hampshire (30-3-1, 20-0-1 Hockey East) is the top seed of the upcoming 6th Annual Hockey East Championship Tournament. The Wildcats face off against fourth-seeded Boston University at UConn’s Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on March 8 (12 p.m.). The March 9 (12:30 p.m.) championship game is also at UConn. Tickets are available by calling (877) 288-2666.
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