UNH's Jones, Hansen honored by Hockey East

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) of the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team were awarded the TPS Louisville Player of the Week and ITECH Rookie of the Week, respectively, by Women's Hockey East on Monday.

Jones, a sophomore forward whose other 2003 honors include conference Player of the Month (December) and USCHO.com National Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 18), compiled four goals and two assists for a total of six points in three UNH victories last week. She recorded three goals, including one game-winning tally, and one assist in a pair of league victories against Boston College. Jones had a +7 rating for the week, including +2 in each conference game.

Hansen, a freshman forward and three-time recipient of the league Rookie of the Week award, recorded two goals and four assists for a total of six points in three games. She registered four points (goal, three assists) in UNH's weekend sweep of Boston College. On Sunday, Hansen helped the 'Cats break open a close game by setting up a goal, then scoring 19 seconds later to extend the lead from two goals to 4-0. Last Tuesday, Hansen ignited UNH's five-goal third period against Quinnipiac with a goal and an assist on the first two scores of the frame.

Jones leads UNH in both goals (21) and points (36). She also has a team-high seven game-winning goals, which ranks second in the nation. Jones ended the regular season with a point in seven consecutive games and recorded 15 points (10 goals, five assists).

Hansen, along with Jones, is one of six Wildcat skaters who have reached double digits in both goals and assists. She leads all UNH rookies and is sixth overall in points with 27. Hansen is tied for fifth in goals (10) and is fifth in assists (17). She ended the regular season with a seven-game point-scoring streak in which she tallied three goals and six assists for nine points.

New Hampshire finished the regular season at 26-6-2, and the 26 victories is the second most in school history. The Wildcats are the No. 2 seed in the inaugural Women's Hockey East Championships and will play Maine in a March 15 semifinal game at Northeastern's Matthews Arena. Game time is 1 p.m.

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