Three UNH skaters named to New England All-Star Team

BOSTON - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire were selected to the 2002-03 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team, the organization announced Monday afternoon. It was also announced that UNH head coach Brian McCloskey was voted the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year.

The team will be honored at the New England Hockey Writers Annual Awards Banquet on April 16 at the Prince of Pizza restaurant in Saugus, Mass.

McCloskey, who was named Coach of the Year in Hockey East, guided the Wildcats to a 27-7-2 overall record that included a second-place finish in the conference and a runner-up finish in the league tournament. The 27 victories are the second-highest total in the 26-year history of the program.

Huggon, a senior goaltender whose 2003 honors included All-America First Team and Hockey East Player of the Year selections, ended the year as the national leader in wins (26), shutouts (14) and minutes played (2085:40). She was also second in both goals-against-average (1.52) and save percentage (.930). This season's totals in shutouts and minutes broke UNH single-season records, as did her 35 games played. Huggon's 26 wins ranks second on the program's single-season superlative list while her GAA and saves (705) both rank third and her save percentage is fourth.

Huggon holds 11 UNH goaltending records, including the three single-season benchmarks she established this season.

Jones, a sophomore forward who was named to the Hockey East All-Star First Team, led UNH in goals (22) for the second consecutive season - she became the first Wildcat to accomplish that feat since Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Brandy Fisher in 1997-98 - and was also the leader in points with 37. Jones ended the 2003 season ranked 19th nationally in goals per game (0.61) and third in game-winning goals with a team-high eight. She also ranked second on the team in shooting percentage (.153 -- 22 goals, 144 shots), tied for the team lead in power-play goals (four) and had an impressive plus/minus rating of +25.

Thomas, a junior defenseman and co-captain whose 2002-03 Women's Hockey East honors included All-Star First Team, played in 33 of 36 games. She tied for the team lead in assists with 23, tied for sixth in points with 27 and was fourth in plus/minus at +30. Thomas ranked 11th in the nation in points-per-game for defenseman (0.82) and is 25th overall in assists (0.70 per game). Her season highlights include a nine-game point-scoring streak at the start of the season as well as twice matching her career highs in both assists (three) and points (three).

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