DURHAM, N.H. – A total of eight student-athletes received honors as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team gathered to commemorate the 2008-09 season at its annual awards banquet that was held April 25 at Holloway Commons.
Team captain and senior defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) received both the Karyn L. Bye Award as the MVP and the Colleen Coyne Award, which is bestowed upon the best defenseman.
Senior forward Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) was also called to the podium twice to accept an award. She was distinguished with the Unsung Hero Award and the Norma O’Dowd Hartnett Award for sportsmanship.
Junior forward Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) was also presented two awards. She received the Tricia Dunn Award as the top defensive forward as well as the Fan Favorite Award, which she shared with senior defenseman Maggie Joyce (Hudson, Ohio).
The inaugural A. Barr “Whoop” Snively Citizenship/Service Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions off the ice in the community, was bestowed upon senior forward Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.).
Sophomore defenseman/forward Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) was voted as recipient of the Sue Merz Award, which is the 7th Player Award.
The UNH goaltenders claimed the other two awards. Sophomore Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) received the Academic Excellence Award for the highest grade-point-average and Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) was named Rookie of the Year.
Bellamy, recipient of the Colleen Coyne Award for the second consecutive year, ranked third in the nation in defensemen scoring with 28 points (6g, 22a) in 35 games. She recorded three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 21 Hockey East league games as well as 4-10-14 in 17 games against nationally-ranked teams. Bellamy ranked second on the team in plus/minus and third in assists. Her ’09 accolades included RBK All-America First Team, New England All-Star Team, Hockey East First Team All-Star and Hockey East Tournament MVP.
Taylor had a breakout season in which she tallied five goals and 22 assists for 27 points to tie for third on the team in assists and rank fifth in points. The 22 assists more than doubled her career assist total (21 in the previous three years), and the 27 points nearly matched her previous three-year total of 32. Taylor tallied 4-13-17 in 21 Hockey East league games and 0-10-10 in 17 games versus nationally-ranked teams. Her season highlights included an assist on the game-winning goal in the Hockey East semifinal game and five two-assist efforts.
Paton recorded 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points in 35 games to rank 22nd in the nation in points per game and 24th in both goals per game and assists per game; she is also 14th in power-play goals. Paton was the only Wildcat with 20+ goals and 20+ assists this season and her team rankings included first in shooting percentage as well as second in goals, power-play goals, assists and points; she was also third in game-winning goals and plus/minus. She tallied 12-16-28 in 21 Hockey East league games as well as 7-15-22 in 17 games vs. nationally-ranked teams. Paton opened
the season with an 11-game point-scoring streak and ended it with a nine-game streak; overall, she recorded a point in 28 of 35 games with 14 multiple-point efforts. Paton’s 2009 accolades included New England All-Star, Hockey East Second Team All-Star, Hockey East All-Tournament Team and Hockey East Player of the Month.
Joyce recorded single-season highs in goals (three), assists (15) and points (18) while continuing to be a dominating physical force in the neutral and defensive zones. She nearly doubled her career numbers in all three statistics, as she entered her senior year with five goals, 17 assists and 22 points. Her season highlights included an assist on the game-winning goal in the Hockey East semifinal game and a three-assist performance against Maine.
Faber ranked sixth nationally in shorthanded goals (three) as well as 13th in assists per game with 30 assists in 35 games. Faber led UNH in both assists and plus/minus; furthermore, she was third in both points (43) and goals (13) as well as fourth in shooting percentage. Faber tallied 10-17-27 in 21 Hockey East league games and 6-13-19 in 17 games against nationally-ranked teams. She recorded a point in 26 of 35 games with 11 multiple-point efforts; she ended the year with a point in four straight games and 8 of 9. Her 2009 awards included New England All-Star and Hockey East First Team All-Star.
Birchard opened the year in her accustomed role of forward, but made the transition to defenseman for the last 16 games of the season and UNH’s 15-game winning streak coincided with that switch. She finished with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points to surpass her rookie totals in all three categories; those numbers include 5-5-10 in 16 games at defense. Birchard tallied a point in all three postseason games and that included a goal in the NCAA tourney. Her 2009 accolades included Hockey East All-Tournament Team.
Herman has been named to UNH’s Dean’s List all three semesters, and that included High Honors this past fall semester. On the ice this season, she had a 14-6-5 overall record in 25 games with a 2.29 GAA and .900 save percentage. Herman went 8-2-3 in 13 Hockey East games with a 1.93 GAA and .908 save percentage. She recorded a career-high 36 saves against nationally-ranked Harvard and matched that total against nationally-ranked Boston College. Herman’s other season highlights included the league semifinal game in which she stopped 21 of 22 shots to backbone UNH into the title game and a pair of shutouts.
Minton, who was named the league’s Rookie of the Week twice, went 10-0-0 in 12 games with a 1.72 GAA and .916 save percentage. In nine Hockey East games, she was 8-0-0 with a 1.56 GAA and .917 save percentage. Minton stopped 20 of 21 shots she faced in the Hockey East championship game against nationally-ranked BC, and in four games overall vs. nationally-ranked teams Minton went 4-0-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .919 save percentage. In her first career start, she made 22 saves to record her first career win by shutout. Minton’s other season highlights included a personal-best 33 saves in an overtime win at nationally-ranked Harvard.
The banquet also specifically cited the accomplishments of the four seniors – Bellamy, Faber, Joyce and Taylor – who won both the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles all four years and advanced to the NCAA tourney every year with two Frozen Four appearances.