February 2, 2010

LAVOIE SELECTED HOCKEY EAST'S BAUER ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

WAKEFIELD, Mass.Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario), a freshman forward on the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named Bauer Rookie of the Month for January by Hockey East on Tuesday. Lavoie received the same award for the month of December.

Lavoie scored a goal in all six January games – each of which was a Hockey East league game – and finished with totals of seven goals and one assist for eight points; those numbers led UNH in goals and tied for the lead in points. Lavoie’s other numbers included a team-best .269 shooting percentage, one game-winning goal, one power-play goal and a +5 rating; furthermore, two of her goals gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

In four games vs. nationally-ranked teams, she tallied six points on five goals and an assist. On Jan. 8 vs. nationally-ranked Northeastern University at Fenway Park, Lavoie broke a 3-3 tie with 5:30 remaining in the game and secured the victory on an empty-net goal with 15 seconds to play.

This marked Lavoie’s second league award in as many days and fourth overall this season. She was honored Monday as Hockey East’s Bauer Rookie of the Week, an honor previously bestowed upon her Jan. 11. Lavoie also received the aforementioned Rookie of the Month for December. She is the first player to earn back-to-back Rookie of the Month awards since UNH’s Jenn Wakefield did so in February and March of 2008.

In 24 games this season, Lavoie has recorded 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points to rank fifth in the nation in rookie scoring at 0.92 points per game. She leads UNH rookies in both goals and points, and overall those numbers rank second on the team in goals and third in points. Lavoie is also tied for the team lead in power-play goals (five) and she is 17th in the nation with that total. Furthermore, Lavoie has the second-highest shooting percentage (.188) on the team and she is third in plus/minus (+10).

New Hampshire (15-4-5 overall, 9-3-2-0) returns to action Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 6 against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

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