GARLAND NAMED TO RBK HOCKEY/AHCA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

GLOUCESTER, Mass.Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario), a senior defenseman on the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was honored as an RBK Hockey/AHCA All-America Second Team selection, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Thursday. Garland received RBK Hockey/AHCA All-America First Team distinction in 2006.

Garland, a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist in ’07 and ’08 and three-time Hockey East First-Team All-Star, has skated in 33 of 37 games for the Wildcats this season with three goals and 19 assists for 22 points. The senior captain is currently ranked 16th nationally in defenseman scoring (0.67 points per game). Garland tallied 13 points, all on assists, in 18 Hockey East league games to rank second in the league in defenseman scoring.

Since 1998, nine UNH Wildcats have received All-America status. The only other ‘Cat to receive multiple All-America honors is defenseman Nicki Luongo (1998, 1999). Jennifer Hitchcock (Second Team) and Sadie Wright-Ward (First Team) received All-America recognition with Garland in 2006. Jen Huggon (2003), Carisa Zaban (2000) and Brandy Fisher (1998) are New Hampshire’s other All-Americans.

Garland’s 2008 season highlights included a five-assist game Feb. 2 at Maine and the last of her five points marked her 100th career point. She has tallied 10 points (0-10-10) during UNH’s current 13-game winning streak and 0-15-15 in the 19-game unbeaten streak.

Garland became the fifth UNH defenseman to reach the 100-point milestone. She currently ranks fourth among Wildcat blueliners with 104 points and her 85 career assists is 11th overall and first among defensemen.

New Hampshire (33-3-1) faces off against the University of Minnesota-Duluth (32-4-1) March 20 (9 p.m. Eastern) in a Frozen Four semifinal game at UMD’s DECC.

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