UNH's Garland receives Hockey East award
Martine Garland

Garland sparked top-seeded UNH to a 3-1 victory with a goal and an assist against eighth-ranked Harvard University in an NCAA regional game March 17 at the Whittemore Center. She set up the first goal of the game, a power-play tally at 11:42 of the first period, when her shot from the high slot was redirected into the net by Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario). Garland scored on a screened shot from the high slot 2:28 later to extend UNH's lead to 2-0, and that goal proved to be the game-winning tally. It was also her 50th career point (10 goals, 40 assists).

Garland is currently ranked No. 25 in the nation - and No. 1 among defensemen - in points per game (1.09). She is also ranked No. 4 in assists at 0.94 per game. In 33 games this season, Garland has five goals and 31 assists for 36 points to rank third on the team in assists and fourth in points. She also has an impressive plus/minus rating of +31.

Garland's other 2006 accolades include Hockey East First Team All-Star, RBK/CCM All-Tournament Team, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 13) and USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 29).

New Hampshire (33-2-1) won the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The Wildcats take a 17-game winning streak and 29-game unbeaten streak - both NCAA records - into the Women's Frozen Four. UNH will play fourth-ranked University of Minnesota in the late semifinal game (8 p.m. Eastern) March 24 at Minnesota's Mariucci Arena. The national championship game is March 26 (4 p.m. Eastern).

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