WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), a senior goaltender on the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team, was honored as both Player of of the Month and Goaltender of the Month for January by Women's Hockey East on Monday. She was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.
It is the seventh, eighth and ninth league awards this season for Huggon, who became the first player to earn top player honors in consecutive weeks (Jan. 20 and Jan 27). In addition, she is a three-time recipient of Defensive Player of the Week as well as Goaltender of the Month (November).
In eight January games, Huggon went 6-1-1 with a 0.74 GAA and a .965 save percentage. Huggon recorded five shutouts, including three consecutive shutouts (vs. Northeastern twice, Boston College) to match her school record. Huggon was perfect in four league games, as she stopped all 65 shots on goal. In three games against nationally-ranked teams (vs. No. 3 Minnesota, two at No. 6 Wisconsin), she stopped 78 of 83 shots for a 1.62 GAA and a.940 save percentage.
In last weekend's home-and-home series against 10th-ranked Providence College, Huggon went 1-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .935 save percentag. She stopped 26 of 27 shots, including 11 of 12 in the second period, in Sunday's 4-1 victory for a .963 save percentage. Huggon made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-0 loss; of the two goals she surrendered in that game, one came on a breakaway and another was on a PC power play.
Huggon, who holds 10 UNH records, leads the nation in wins (21), minutes (1691:42) and shutouts (11). She is third in save percentage (.930), fourth in GAA (1.56) and sixth in saves (589).
New Hampshire, which is 21-5-2 overall, is atop the Women's Hockey East standings with 20 points on a 10-1-0 record. The Wildcats return to action Feb. 7 for a non-league home game against Quinnipiac University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.