WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan), a senior goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was feted as WHEA Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday.
Herman stopped 84 of 88 shots for a .955 save percentage in last weekend's two-game series against third-ranked Boston University. She made a school-record 52 saves, including 19 in the second period and 21 in the third, on Feb. 3 to backbone UNH to a 4-2 road win that ended BU's 13-game winning streak and was the 700th victory in program history; the 21 saves was one less than the program's single-period record.
Herman then stopped 32 shots (9-13-10) and surrendered two goals in the 3-1 home loss Feb. 5. Of her 84 saves on the weekend, 23 were recorded on a total of 10 BU power-play opportunities and she did not surrender a power-play goal.
Since returning from injury Jan. 22, Herman has a 3-1-0 record, including two victories against nationally-ranked teams, with a .940 save percentage (141 saves/150 shots). In addition to last week's 52-save effort, she had a 40-save effort in a 4-3 overtime win at Northeastern University (Jan. 22).
Herman has a 56-17-9 career record with a 1.76 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage. On UNH's career leaderboards, she ranks fourth in wins, saves (1,622) and minutes as well as fifth in both GAA and shutouts (14).
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 8 (7 p.m.) at 10th-ranked Quinnipiac University. UNH then plays a two-game series at the University of Vermont on Feb. 11-12 before closing the regular season with a home-and-home series against Boston College. The Wildcats' Senior Day is the Feb. 20 (2 p.m.) regular-season finale.