UNH's Kristen Thomas named Player of the Week

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), a junior defenseman on the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named TPS Louisville Player of the Week by Women's Hockey East on Monday.

Thomas recorded four points, all on assists, last weekend in UNH's two-game sweep of the University of Connecticut. The co-captain matched a career high with three assists in Saturday's 8-0 victory at the Whittemore Center and also had a helper in Sunday's 2-1 victory at the UConn Ice Arena. She was credited with an assist in both of last weekend's game-winning goals.

Thomas leads both the team and Women's Hockey East in assists (18) and points (21). She is ranked 15th in the nation in points (1.50 ppg) and is third among defenseman in that statistic. Thomas ranks fifth in assists (1.29 apg).

Thomas is UNH's fifth recipient of the conference's Player of the Week award. Kristine Butt took home the honor last week, Carolyn Gordon won the honor Nov. 18 and Oct. 21, and Chandy Kaip was honored Nov. 11.

New Hampshire has a 14-1-1 overall record (5-0-0 WHE), which is the nation's best winning percentage, and takes a seven-game winning streak into Friday's game at No. 1 Harvard University.

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