DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) of the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team was named the Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week and the Wildcats women's hockey team was tabbed as the HEA Team of the Week in Monday's announcement by the league office.
Gilligan went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average for the week ending Jan. 20, which culminated in the netminder's first shutout of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win at Connecticut. Gilligan, who also registered a 3-1 victory at UConn on Jan. 19 and a 4-2 triumph at Union College on Jan. 15, made 58 saves in the three road wins for a .952 save percentage. For the season, Gilligan is 7-1-1 in 10 starts with a 1.86 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Maine's Brittany Ott shared the co-Defensive Player of the Week award with Gilligan.
The Wildcats earned the Team of the Week honor after sweeping their first three games back from the semester break, highlighted by the weekend sweep against the Huskies. With the three straight road wins, UNH improved to 10-11-2 on the season and 6-4-1 in conference play, which is good for 13 points and a tie for third place with Northeastern in the league standings.
UNH returns to the Whittemore Center for the first time since Dec. 8 when it plays host to Northeastern on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the annual Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game. Fans wearing pink can purchase tickets for just $3, and there will be a raffle for one of two autographed pink game jerseys, with proceeds going to raise money for breast cancer awareness. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.