UNH’s Curtis named WHEA Player of the Week

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Senior forward recorded six points in sweep of UConn

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team was named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday.

This is the fourth time this season Curtis has been named the league’s Player of the Week. She was previously honored Oct. 21, Nov. 17 and Jan. 23.

The senior forward and captain recorded six points (three goals, three assists) to lead UNH to a sweep at UConn in which the Wildcats were 4-1 victors Feb. 17 & 18. Curtis recorded her 100th career point Friday and 50th career assist Saturday, and she netted her 20th goal of the season Saturday to become the first Wildcat to accomplish that feat since the 2008-09 season.

Curtis had the primary assist on both game-winning goals against the Huskies. She was UNH’s leader both games in points and shots. Her other stats from the weekend included 11 shots, a +1 rating and five blocked shots.

Last Friday with the score tied 1-1, Curtis set up the next two goals and then scored a power-play goal to extend UNH’s lead to 4-1 and record her 100th career point; the last two points were recorded 77 seconds apart (4:15 and 5:32) to keep momentum in the Wildcats’ favor early in the third period.

Then on Saturday, Curtis opened the game scoring with a shorthanded goal at 11:46 of the second period and closed the scoring with an empty-net goal at 18:24 of the third to secure the victory. She also tallied an assist, the 50th of her career, on what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Curtis leads the Wildcats in goals (20), assists (19) and points (39) as well as shorthanded goals (two) and shots (149); she also ranks third in power-play goals (four). Also of note, Curtis is second in faceoff percentage with the most faceoffs won (248) and taken (550).

On the Hockey East leaderboard, Curtis is No. 4 in goals and points, tied for
seventh in assists, second in shots, tied for second in shorthanded goals, and is third in power-play points (14).

On the national leaderboard, she is tied for 15th in goals at 0.62 per game.

Curtis has 53 goals and 50 assists for 103 points in 119 career games.

New Hampshire enters postseason play with a 13-17-2 overall record. The Wildcats went 11-11-2 in Hockey East to finish sixth in the league standings. UNH plays third-seeded Boston University in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series Feb. 24-26 at Walter Brown Arena.

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