Vaattovaara and Vilgrain Receive Women's Hockey East Awards

WAKEFIELD, Mass.  – Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was named Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week and teammate Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) was tabbed Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week by Women's Hockey East on Monday. The league also announced the UNH Wildcats as the Hockey East Team of the Week.

Vaattovaara, a sophomore goaltender, had a 1-0-0 record last week with a 1.00 GAA and .976 save percentage. She recorded a career-high 41 saves to backbone UNH to a 2-1 victory at St. Lawrence University on Sept. 28. The only goal allowed came with 1:23 remaining in regulation when SLU had a two-skater advantage by virtue of a power play and extra attacker. 

Vaattovaara tallied double-digit saves all three periods, including a personal-best, single-period 16 in the first period; she stopped 12 shots in the middle frame and 13 in the third.

Vilgrain, a freshman forward, recorded one point with an assist in the two-game series at St. Lawrence. She set up the game-winning goal on Saturday by tallying the primary assist on UNH's goal that produced a 2-0 lead just 79 seconds after the 'Cats broke a scoreless tie in the third period. Vilgrain had a +1 plus/minus rating in that game (and the series). 

UNH split the two-game road series vs. the Saints with a 4-2 loss in the Sept. 27 season opener followed by a 2-1 win the next day.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) for its home opener vs. RIT. The Wildcats then play host to Syracuse University in an Oct. 5 (2 p.m.) game televised live on the Live Well Network.

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