March 11, 2010

HOCKEY’S PATON AND BUTLER NAMED TO FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE TEAM

Kelly Paton
Bobby Butler

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Senior captains Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) and Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) from the University of New Hampshire women and men’s hockey teams, respectively, have been selected among a field of 24 players to participate in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Paton and Butler were one of just six position players selected to represent to East Squad for their respective gender.

Paton, a senior forward and captain of the Wildcats, is ranked fifth in the nation in points per game (1.59) as well as fourth in assists per game (1.00) and 19th in goals per game (0.59); in other statistics, she is 16th in game-winning goals (four) and 17th in power-play goals (six). In 10 games vs. nationally-ranked teams, Paton has tallied 14 points (6g, 8a). Paton completed Hockey East league play ranked second in points (32), assists (20) and power-play points (13) as well as third in goals (12). Paton leads the team in points (51), goals (19) and plus/minus (+16) and is tied for the lead in game-winning goals with four. She is also second in assists (32) and tied for second in power-play goals (6). Furthermore, she is second in shots (122) and fourth in shooting percentage (.156).

Butler has tallied 47 points (25g, 22a) and is currently the active career team leader in points, goals, power play goals, and game-winning goals. He recently finished in a first-place tie for the Hockey East Scoring Championship with 41 points on 21 goals and 20 assists and led the Wildcats to their third regular season title in the last four years. Butler also became the first player in Hockey East since Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog to tally 20 goals and 20 assists in league play. Nationally, Butler ranks fifth in points per game with 1.38 ppg and second in goals per game with 0.74 gpg.

Paton and the New Hampshire women’s ice hockey (19-8-5) will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship when the Wildcats face off against second-seeded University of Minnesota-Duluth in a March 13 (3 p.m. Eastern) quarterfinal at UMD's DECC. Butler and the UNH men’s hockey will host the Hockey East quarterfinals March 12-14 in a best-of-three series at Whittemore Center. The top-seeded Wildcats will play host to eighth-seeded Vermont (15-12-7, 9-11-7 HE).

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