WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), a sophomore forward on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. It marked the third time this season that Hitchcock was named the recipient of the award.
Hitchcock, who was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association All-America Second Team and All-USCHO First Team last week, led the top-seeded Wildcats in a 5-4 loss to the University of Minnesota in the semifinals of the Women's Frozen Four with a goal and two assists. She scored a power-play goal at 15:17 of the first period and set up another UNH tally 2:17 later to pull the 'Cats into a 2-2 tie. Hitchcock also set up the next goal of the game to help give New Hampshire a 3-2 advantage at 6:15 of the second period.
Hitchcock finished the 2006 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in both points per game (1.78) and power-play goals (14). She also ranked among the top 10 in assists (second; 0.97 per game), goals (third; 0.81 per game), game-winning goals (10th; five) and shorthanded goals (10th; two).
Hitchcock led UNH in goals (30), assists (36) and points (66) to become the first Wildcat since Michelle Thornton in 2001 to lead the team in all three statistics. On UNH's list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank tied for seventh in goals, ninth in assists and 10th in points. Hitchcock also led the 'Cats in both power-play goals and shorthanded goals, and she was third in both plus/minus (+39) and shooting percentage (.190).
Hitchcock recorded a point in 31 of 37 games with 22 multiple-point efforts, and both of those numbers are also best on the team. Her totals vs. 10 nationally-ranked teams included five goals and 10 assists and she recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points in four postseason games.
UNH, which won the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships and made its first appearance in the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship, finished the 2006 season with a 33-3-1 record to mark the program's highest single-season win total.