WOMEN'S HOCKEY TRIUMVIRATE TO COMPETE AT FOUR NATIONS CUP
Martine Garland
CALGARY, Alberta and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario), members of the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, were recently named to Canada’s Women’s National Team to compete at the Women’s Four Nation’s Cup in Leksand, Sweden from Nov. 7-11. Fellow UNH Wildcat Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) was named Tuesday by USA Hockey to the U.S. Women’s Select Team that will also participate at the Four Nations Cup.

It will mark the first Four Nations Cup for Garland and Wakefield, both of whom competed at Canada’s Fall Festival from Sept. 1-8, and the second straight Four Nations Cup appearance for Bellamy, who competed at the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival this past August.

Bellamy also played for the U.S. Under-22 Select Team in a three-game exhibition series against Canada in August. In three games for the UNH Wildcats this season, Bellamy has recorded one point – an assist on the game-winning tally vs. Colgate University on Oct. 14. As a sophomore last season, she ranked 12th nationally in defensemen scoring (0.81 ppg) and 14th in power-play goals (nine). Bellamy ranked 13th nationally in defensemen scoring (0.65 ppg) as a rookie in 2006.

Garland is a three-time member of Canada’s Under-22 Team (2006; 2004; 2003). She is also a three-time captain of the UNH Wildcats. In three games for the UNH Wildcats this season, Garland has recorded one point – an assist on the game-winning tally vs. Colgate University on Oct. 14. The senior ranked 10th nationally last year in defensemen scoring and led the nation in that statistic as a sophomore in 2006. She ranks high on UNH’s career leaderboard for defensemen scoring and her plethora of collegiate accolades include All-America First Team and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist.

Wakefield, who skated in this past August’s three-game exhibition series against Bellamy and her U.S. teammates, recorded her first collegiate point with a goal in her debut, the season-opener at nationally-ranked St. Lawrence University. She has skated in all three games and leads the ‘Cats in shots (14).

Team Canada opens the three-game round robin series Nov. 7 against Finland and Team USA faces off against Sweden in its opener that day. The tournament concludes Nov. 11 with the medal games.

The UNH triumvirate returns to action with their Wildcat teammates Oct. 21 at home for the team’s Hockey East opener against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m. Tickets for that game are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 866-WILDCAT. Fans can watch live video of the game at UNHwildcats.tv.
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