November 2, 2009

PATON SELECTED PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY WOMEN'S HOCKEY EAST

WAKEFIELD, Mass.Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario), a senior forward and captain on the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named Player of the Week by the Women’s Hockey East Association on Monday.

Paton factored in seven of the team’s eight goals with three goals and four assists in wins against the University of Connecticut (3-1; Oct. 31) and University of Maine (5-0; Nov. 1); she also had a +6 rating for the week.

Paton tallied two goals and two assists vs. Maine to match her career high of four points. She scored the second and fifth goals of that game and set up goals 28 seconds apart in the third period to quickly double a two goal lead and give the Wildcats control of the game. Against UConn, Paton set up both second-period goals and scored early in the third to help the ‘Cats erase a one-goal deficit.

Paton has tallied a point in all 10 games this season with totals of six goals and 13 assists for 19 points to lead the team in all three statistics and rank third in the nation in points per game (1.90) as well as sixth in assists per game (1.30).

In 118 career games, Paton has compiled 49 goals and 81 assists for 130 points. She is tied for No. 16 on the UNH career assist leaderboard and is 22nd in points.

New Hampshire (7-1-2 overall, 3-0-0-0 Hockey East) returns to action Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) at Boston University. The teams complete the home-and-home series Nov. 7 at UNH’s Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

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