WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia), a freshman goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named the Women's Hockey East Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Gilligan recorded a season-high 24 saves to backbone UNH to a 1-1 tie against fifth-ranked Boston College at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 14. She stopped every shot in the second period (eight shots), third (seven) and five-minute overtime session (three) to finish with a .960 save percentage. Gilligan anchored the penalty kill to a perfect 4-for-4 effort that included a kill in OT.
In four games this season, Gilligan is 2-1-1 with a 1.73 GAA, .916 save percentage and one shutout; in three homes games, she is 1-1-1 with a 0.98 GAA, .948 save percentage and one shutout.
Gilligan earned a victory in her collegiate debut, a start in the Sept. 30 at Niagara University in which she made 21 saves. In her second career start, Gilligan made 19 saves to record her first shutout – a 3-0 win against Colgate University.
Gilligan is the second UNH freshman to be honored by WHEA this season. Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) was the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Oct. 3.
UNH (3-2-1, 0-1-1 Hockey East) returns to action Oct. 21 (4 p.m.) at St. Lawrence University and concludes its October slate the next day at Clarkson University with a two o'clock start. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 3 against the University of Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.