SEVEN WOMEN'S SKATERS HONORED AT HOCKEY EAST BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H. -- The Hockey East Association announced the Hockey East All-Star squads featuring five University of New Hampshire women’s hockey student-athletes as well as the individual Hockey East awards, two of which went to UNH players, at Friday night’s league banquet at Acorn’s Restaurant on the UNH campus.

All-Star First Team selection honors went to junior defenseman and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore forward Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.). Junior forward Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and sophomore defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) were named to the All-Star Second Team. Freshman forward Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) earned a selection onto the Mission All-Rookie Team.

Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), Hockey East’s February and October ITECH Goaltender of the Month, was named the ITECH Goaltending Champion for the fourth consecutive season; the award is presented to the goalie with the league’s lowest goals-against-average. Faber was further honored with the ITECH “Three Stars” Award, which identifies the best collection of single-game performances this season.

This marked the inaugural year for the WHEA Fan Favorite Award, in which members of the Hockey East Kids Club voted for their favorite player. UNH senior forward Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) was presented the award by seven-year-old Mary Jane Champagne of Dover, N.H.; Champagne was selected randomly from the number of kids who voted for Clement.

UNH head coach Brian McCloskey was named runner-up in the CCM Coach of the Year balloting. McCloskey, who received the honor in 2003, 2005 and 2006, has compiled a 130-30-18 record – including an 80-8-9 mark in Hockey East – in five years as head coach of the Wildcats.
Garland, who also garnered All-Star First Team honors last season, has notched six goals and 25 assists for 31 points while playing in all 34 regular-season games. Nationally she is ranked 10th in defenseman scoring (0.91) and 18th in assists (0.75). She has a team-high +35 rating and ranks second in assists and third in points.

Faber, the 2006 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, led the Wildcats in points (42) and assists (28) and is tied for second in goals (14) and game-winning goals (three). In 17 Hockey East league games, she recorded 7-21-28. Faber is No. 11 in the nation in scoring (1.40 ppg) and No. 9 in assists (0.93 apg).

Hitchcock a 2006 All-Star First Team honoree, leads UNH in goals (24) and ranks second in points (36). She also notched 12 assists. Hitchcock is nationally ranked No. 3 in power-play goals with 15 and 17th in game-winning goals (four) -- both of which led the Wildcats.

Bellamy recorded nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points. She is second on the team in power-play goals (nine), fourth in assists and fifth in points. In the national statistics, Bellamy is No. 12 in both defenseman scoring (0.82 ppg) and power-play tallies.

In her first season for the ‘Cats, Paton played in all 34 games and recorded 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. Her points total ranked her third on the team as well as fourth in both goals and assists. She ranked 14th in the nation in rookie scorers at 0.91 ppg.

Bourdon became the NCAA and UNH record-holder in career victories with 84 against Hockey East rival University of Vermont on Feb. 25. She compiled a 20-3-4 record with a 1.53 GAA, .907 save percentage and eight shutouts. In 16 Hockey East games Bourdon went 14-1-1 with a 1.23 GAA, .919 save percentage and five shutouts.

Clement, who was cited as Champagne’s favorite player because she’s tough, nice, fast and wears the number four, recorded eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. She is the only Wildcat with a hat trick this season.

New Hampshire (26-3-5, 18-1-2) returns to action in the Hockey East Championship in a semifinal matchup against University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center on March 3 at 12p.m.
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