WOMEN'S HOCKEY SWEEPS HOCKEY EAST'S MARCH AWARDS
SAM FABER
WAKEFIELD, Mass.  – Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) and Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) of the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team swept the Hockey East monthly awards for March, the league announced Thursday. Faber was honored as TPS Hockey Player of the Month while Wakefield received the Mission Rookie of the Month award and the ITECH Goaltender of the Month went to Herman.

Faber and Wakefield received their respective awards for the third time this season, and it marked the second such award for Herman.

Faber, a junior forward, recorded four goals, including two game-winning goals, and two assists for six points in six March games. She scored three goals in the Hockey East Championship Tournament and that included the only goal scored in the title game (against Providence College). Faber opened the month with a one-goal, one-assist effort against eighth-ranked University of Connecticut that included the game-winning tally. In addition to the offensive numbers, Faber had a +6 plus/minus rating. Her March accolades from Hockey East included First-Team All-Star, Tournament MVP, All-Tournament Team and TPS Hockey Player of the Week.

Wakefield, a freshman forward, recorded eight points with six goals and two assists in six March games; those numbers led UNH in both goals and points. She tallied 1-2-3 in two Hockey East games as well as 4-1-5 in four games against nationally-ranked teams. Wakefield scored a goal in five of six games, including both NCAA tourney games, with two multiple-point efforts. Wakefield’s other statistics included a .214 shooting percentage
JENN WAKEFIELD
and +7 rating. Her March accolades from Hockey East included Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-Star, All-Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team.

Herman, a freshman goalie, went 5-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA, .939 save percentage and three shutouts in playing all 362:21 during the month of March. Herman recorded back-to-back shutouts against Boston University and Providence in the Hockey East tourney as part of a shutout streak of 149:20. She also blanked eighth-ranked UConn in the month’s opener and stopped 21 of 22 shots the next day vs. the Huskies. Three of the six goals scored vs. Herman were on the opponent’s power play. Her March accolades from Hockey East included ITECH Goaltending Champion, All-Rookie Team, Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week and Mission Rookie of the Week.

UNH (33-4-1, 20-0-1 HE) won its fifth consecutive Hockey East regular-season title and third consecutive league tournament title in 2008. The Wildcats also advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years.
KAYLEY HERMAN

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