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 Month for March by Hockey East on Friday. She received the same award in January and was named the league's Player of the Week on Monday for the third time this season.
Hitchcock recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points in four postseason games in March. She led UNH to its first Hockey East tournament title with a season-high four points in the semifinals vs. Maine and three points (2g, 1a) in the championship game vs. ninth-ranked Boston College. With those numbers, Hitchcock broke the Hockey East tournament records for both goals and points in both a championship game and tourney (for a total of four records).
In two NCAA tournament games, Hitchcock recorded two goals and three assists for five points. She propelled UNH into the Women's Frozen Four with a goal and an assist vs. eighth-ranked Harvard University in a regional matchup, then recorded a goal and two assists to give the 'Cats a 3-2 lead vs. the University of Minnesota in the national semifinal game.
Earlier this month, Hitchcock was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second Team as well as the All-USCHO First Team and New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team. She was also voted to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Hitchcock's other league honors in the 2006 season were First Team All-Star and ITECH Three Stars Award.
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; 5) 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 plus/minus (+39) and shooting percentage (.190).
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.