WAKEFIELD, Mass.Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) – all members of the top-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team – received weekly honors from Hockey East on Monday to give the Wildcats a sweep of the awards.

Faber, the reigning TPS Hockey Player of the Month, was named TPS Hockey Player of the Week for the second time this season. Bellamy received the Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week award and Herman, the reigning Rookie of the Month, was honored as Mission Rookie of the Week for the third time.

Faber scored two goals, including a shorthanded tally 48 seconds into the second period that proved to be the game-winning goal, to lead UNH to a 4-1 victory against previously unbeaten and then-No. 1 Harvard University on Dec. 14. In addition to her shorthanded goal, which gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead, Faber struck at 3:07 of the third period to extend UNH’s lead to 4-0. The junior forward finished the game with a +3 plus/minus rating and was on the ice for all four Wildcat goals (one on the power play).

Bellamy tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and a plus/minus rating of +3 vs. Harvard. The junior defenseman executed a tape-to-tape pass from her goal line to the opposite blue line to send Faber on a shorthanded breakaway that resulted in the game-winning goal. Bellamy’s solid defensive effort helped limit the sixth-ranked offense (3.64 goals per game) to just one goal, which came with 10:43 to play in the game.

Herman recorded 22 saves, including 10 in the third period, to backbone UNH to its victory against Harvard. She kept the Crimson power play, which entered the game No. 1 in the nation, scoreless in seven opportunities and held their potent offense scoreless into the third period.

UNH has received a total of 11 weekly Hockey East awards, including four TPS Hockey Player of the Week honors and six MissionRookie of the Week accolades.

Faber currently leads the nation in game-winning goals (seven) and is also 11th in goals (0.70 per game), 13th in points (1.45 ppg) and 20th in assists (0.75 apg). Bellamy ranks 11th in defenseman scoring (0.65 ppg) while Herman is No. 1 in wins (15), third in goals-against-average (1.24) and fifth in save percentage (.930).

New Hampshire resumes the 2008 season Jan. 5 at Brown University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Jan. 19 (2 p.m.) against Providence College. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 1-866-WILDCAT or at the Whittemore Center box office.
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