Ridge goalie nets NCAA honours

Maple Ridge’s Jenn Gilligan, 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.

Jenn Gilligan

Maple Ridge’s Jenn Gilligan, 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 help the UNH Wildcats to a 1-1 tie against fifth-ranked Boston College on Oct. 14.

Gilligan stopped every shot in the second, third and overtime periods to finish with a .960 save percentage.

She also anchored the penalty kill to a perfect 4-4 effort that included a crucial penalty kill in overtime.

In four games this season, Gilligan has 2-1-1 record with a 1.73 goals against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout. She has proved even better at home, with a 0.98 goals against average, .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 majoring is sports training while studying at UNH on a full-ride scholarship to the school. Gilligan was formerly a member of the Pacific Steelers junior women’s hockey team.

The UNH Wildcats are 3-1-1 so far this season, and next face St. Lawrence University on Oct. 21.

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