WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario), a junior forward on the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named January’s TPS Hockey Player of the Month by Hockey East on Tuesday. It marks the second league honor in as many days for Paton, who was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week on Monday.
Paton led UNH with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in seven January games; her numbers included two power-play goals, one shorthanded goal, one game-winning goal, a .250 shooting percentage and a +7 rating.
Paton ended the month with consecutive multiple-point efforts, including her first career hat trick Jan. 30, against Boston College to extend her point-scoring streak to six games. Also in January, Paton tallied 2-1-3 against (then) seventh-ranked Dartmouth College. In six league games, she finished with nine points on four goals and five assists.
This marks the second time in as many months that a UNH Wildcat receives the TPS Hockey Player of the Month award – sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) was honored in December.
In 25 games this season, Paton has amassed 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points. She ranks 24th in the nation in goals per game as well as 22nd in power-play goals (five). Paton has a team-best .214 shooting percentage and is second in goals, power-play goals and points; she is also fourth in both assists and plus/minus (+14).
In 98 career games, Paton has totals of 37 goals and 57 assists for 94 points.
New Hampshire (15-5-5, 10-2-3) returns to action Feb. 7 (2 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) against Providence College.