Wright-Ward is top player, Faber wins another rookie honor
The duo propelled the Wildcats to a 3-0-0 record with victories against Boston University (6-0) and the University of Vermont (5-0 and 8-0) in the final week of the regular season.
Wright-Ward, a sophomore forward who also garnered Player of the Week honors on Jan. 30, exploded for 12 points last week with six goals, including both game-winning tallies in the two-game series vs. Vermont, and six assists to become distinguished as the 2006 Hockey East Scoring Champion. She recorded her first career hat trick and finished with four points in the 5-0 win vs. UVM on Feb. 25 and followed that by matching her career highs in both assists (four) and points (five) in the regular-season finale vs. the Catamounts. Wright-Ward opened the week with two goals and an assist vs. BU.
Faber, a freshman forward, received the ITECH Rookie of the Week award for the second consecutive week, third time in February and fifth time this season. She extended her point-scoring streak to 14 games and recorded totals of two goals and five assists for seven points in the three games. She finished with a career-high four assists Feb. 25 and the four points also marked a personal best. Faber began the week with a goal vs. BU and ended it with a goal and an assist vs. UVM.
For the season, Wright-Ward leads the 'Cats in goals (27), is tied for the lead in points (54) and tied Faber for third in assists with 27. She also ranks second in power-play goals (seven), game-winning goals (four) and plus/minus (+40), as well as fourth in shooting percentage (.175). On the national leaderboard, Wright-Ward is No. 3 in points per game (1.64), No. 5 in goals (0.82 gpg), No. 6 in assists (0.82 apg) and No. 14 in power-play goals.
In addition to tying Wright-Ward for third in assists, Faber is third on the team in points (45) and fourth in goals (18). She leads UNH in plus/minus (+41) and shorthanded goals (two), and is second in shooting percentage (.184). Faber is No. 11 in the nation in points (1.36 ppg) as well as No. 6 in assists (0.82 apg) and No. 21 in goals (0.55 gpg).
UNH (30-2-1, 19-1-1 Hockey East) ended the regular season with a 14-game winning streak as part of an NCAA-record 26-game unbeaten streak (25-0-1). The Wildcats are the top seed in the Hockey East Championship and open the tournament March 4 with a semifinal game against the University of Maine. Game time at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena is 12 p.m.