Four New Hampshire skaters named to ECAC team

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.), Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team were named to the ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League All-Star Team that will compete against the 2001-02 USA Hockey Women's National Team on Oct. 14 at Matthews Arena on the campus of Northeastern University.

UNH head coach Karen Kay, who has compiled a 196-78-20 record in nine years at the helm of the Wildcats, will be one of two coaches on the ECAC All-Star bench.

The four current Wildcats will face off against five former 'Cats skating on Team USA. They are Karyn Bye ('93), Sue Merz ('94), Tricia Dunn ('95), Brandy Fisher ('98) and Carisa Zaban ('00).

Misikowetz, a senior center, is the top returning scorer for UNH. Last year - her first as a Wildcat after skating for the University of Maine as a freshman and sophomore - she ranked second on the team in goals (14), assists (14) and points (28). Misikowetz has 93 career points on 33 goals and 60 assists.

Huggon, a junior goaltender, broke the school record for saves both in a period (22) and a season (841) last year. Her personal-best mark of 47 saves vs. Brown University was one shy of the school single-game record. She tied another UNH benchmark by playing in 34 games and her 2025:48 in net is No. 2 among single-season superlatives.

Thomas received ECAC All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors in 2000-01. The defenseman with a powerful slapshot tied Misikowetz for second on the team in goals and she finished third in both assists (13) and points (27).

VanMassenhove, a sophomore forward, tied with Thomas for the team lead in game-winning goals with three a year ago. She finished the season with 12 points on six goals and six assists.

New Hampshire, ranked eighth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine preseason poll, plays its only exhibition game of the year Oct. 7 vs. Concordia. Game time at the Whitt is 2 p.m. The regular season begins Oct. 19 (7 p.m.) at home against 10th-ranked Ohio State.

 

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