LAVOIE HONORED AS BAUER ROOKIE OF THE MONTH BY HOCKEY EAST

WAKEFIELD, Mass.Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario), a freshman forward on the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named Bauer Rookie of the Month for the month of December, as announced by Hockey East on Thursday.

Lavoie recorded two goals and two assists for a total of four points in three December games; her other statistics included one power-play goal and a +3 plus/minus rating. She netted a goal at Boston College to help lift UNH to a 4-0 victory on Dec. 8, then matched her career highs in both assists (two) and points (three) at Dartmouth College to lead the Wildcats to a 4-1 win on Dec. 12. In the latter game, Lavoie set up the team’s initial two goals in a span of 2:06 in the second period to transform a one-goal deficit into a lead the ‘Cats would not relinquish.

In 18 games this season, Lavoie has tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points. She is ranked seventh in the nation in rookie scoring (0.78 points per game) as well as 13th in power-play goals with four. Lavoie is tied for third on the team in assists and is tied for fourth in both points and plus/minus (+5). She has a point in eight of 18 games with four multiple-point efforts.

New Hampshire (12-2-4 overall, 6-1-1-0 Hockey East) returns to action Jan. 8 (4 p.m.) against Northeastern University as part of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Wildcats’ next home game is Jan. 16 against Providence College. The game, which is part of Hockey East’s Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising campaign, begins at 2 p.m. at UNH’s Whittemore Center.

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