CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), a freshman defenseman on the University of New Hampshire ice hockey team, was named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team and to the ECAC All-Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
The ECAC also released its All-Academic Squad on Thursday and, of the 73 student-athletes, three Wildcats earned that honor. They are seniors Christen Ledder (West Hartford, Conn.), Jenn Wildman (London, Ont.) and Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.).
Top conference honors went to Jennifer Botterill (Harvard University) as Player of the Year, Erika Silva (Northeastern University) as Goaltender of the Year and Rachel Barrie for Rookie of the Year. Her mentor, Paul Flanagan of St. Lawrence University, was named Coach of the Year.
Senior center, captain and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) was named ECAC Honorable Mention. She led the ‘Cats in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38). She finished her distinguished career ranked ninth in scoring (157 points) and fifth in assists (93).
Thomas, a defenseman who logged significant time on both special teams units, was named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team and to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. She tied for second on the team in goals with 14 and was third in both assists (13) and points (27). Her nine power-play goals ranked sixth in the nation and her three game-winning goals was a team best. Other season highlights included six- and five-game point-scoring streaks and nine multiple-point games. Thomas, a three-time ECAC Rookie of the Week selection, netted a goal in her collegiate debut, the season opener at Findlay.
Wildman, a senior forward and assistant captain, played almost exclusively at left wing on the third line this season for the Wildcats and had a career-high nine points on one goal and eight assists. Her season highlights included two multiple-point games (0-2-2- vs. both Cornell University and Providence College) and a four-game point-scoring streak in November. A four-time letterwinner, Wildman played in 107 games and compiled career numbers of 6-15-21.
Wilson, a senior center and assistant captain, centered the third line for most of the 2000-01 season. Highlights from this season, in which she recorded 1-2-3, included a game-winning goal at the University of Maine. A four-time letterwinner, Wilson played in 123 games and amassed career numbers of 17-19-36. As a sophomore, she scored the game-winning goal in the 1998 national championship game as well as the semifinal game before that.
Ledder, a senior forward, saw limited playing time in 15 games this season. She missed the initial 11 games of the year due to an ankle injury before making her Dec. 15 debut against Mercyhurst. A four-time letterwinner, Ledder redshirted the 1999-2000 season. She played in 106 games and recorded six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. Ledder helped UNH win the 1998 national championship and finish as national runner-up in 1999.
All four seniors helped UNH win the 1998 national championship and finish as national runner-up in 1999.
New Hampshire ended the 2000-01 season with a 17-17-0 record.