WAKEFIELD, Mass.Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan), members of the No. 1-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, were respectively named TPS Hockey Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for November by Hockey East on Tuesday.

Faber recorded six goals, including three game-winning tallies, and eight assists for 14 points as well as a +10 plus/minus rating in nine November games. The 14 points marked a team high in November; Faber tied for the team lead in goals and tied for second in assists, and was second in plus/minus.

The junior forward recorded nine points on four goals (two game-winners) and five assists in four Hockey East games as well as seven points (three goals; four assists) in four games against nationally-ranked teams. Faber had four multiple-point games, including a career-high five points against nationally-ranked University of Connecticut in which she tied her career high of two goals. Her honors last month included the TPS Hockey Player of the Week award on Nov. 12.

Herman compiled a 7-1-0 record with a .933 save percentage, 1.04 GAA and one shutout in nine November games (eight starts). November’s highlight included a weekend sweep of then-No. 1 University of Wisconsin in which she stopped 41 of 43 shots for a .953 save percentage and 1.01 GAA against an offense ranked third in the nation. In her only relief appearance (vs. Niagara University on Nov. 24), Herman stopped all 11 shots she faced in the last 40 minutes to preserve UNH’s victory; she stopped 32 of 33 shots that weekend for a .970 save percentage and 0.60 GAA.

In four Hockey East league games, she went 4-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .911 save percentage. In four games against nationally-ranked teams – including the two against Wisconsin – Herman was 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .924 save percentage. Her honors last month included Mission Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19.

Faber currently leads the nation in game-winning goals (six) and is also 12th in points per game (1.47), 14th in goals per game (0.65) and 15th in assist per game (0.82). She leads UNH in goals (11), game-winning goals, assists (14), points (25), shooting percentage (.224) and plus/minus (+20).

Herman leads Hockey East in both GAA (1.02) and save percentage (.937). She leads the nation in wins (13) – no one else has reached double digits – and ranks third in GAA as well as fifth in save percentage.

New Hampshire (15-2-0, 9-0-0 Hockey East) returns to action Dec. 7 (7 p.m.) for the start of a two-game series at sixth-ranked Mercyhurst College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Dec. 14 (7 p.m.) against Harvard University. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com and videostreaming will be available at UNHwildcats.tv.
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