Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hockey East Top Performers for October

CHRR's Hockey East Player of the Month

Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College): The sophomore forward from Carneys Point, NJ registered three goals and four assists on the month, including two game winning goals. The undersized, yet dynamic, left wing has been a catalyst for the BC offense, along with linemate Pat Mullane. The Calgary Flames draft pick is one of the early favorites for the Hobey Baker Award.

Runners-up: Pat Mullane (BC), Josh Myers (MC), Cason Hohmann (BU)

CHRR's Hockey East Defensive Player of the Month

Trevor van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire): The sophomore defenseman from Middletown, NJ had three goals and one assist on the month, to go along with a +4 plus/minus. The brother of NHL superstar James, Trevor has been smooth on the power player and his coach, Dick Umile, insists he is one of the best blue liners in the league.

Runners-up: Connor Hardawa (UNH), Dan Kolomatis (MC), Myles Harvard (PC)

CHRR's Hockey East Goaltender of the Month

Casey DeSmith (New Hampshire): The sophomore goaltender from nearby Rochester, NH is the only goaltender in the league to lead his team to an undefeated October. This was a tough one, but the nod goes to DeSmith with a 4-0-1 record, a 1.77 GAA and a .931 save percentage on the month.

Runners-up: Parker Milner (BC), Matt O'Connor (BU), Jon Gillies (PC)

CHRR's Co-Hockey East Rookie of the Month

Jon Gillies (Providence): The freshman goaltender and Calgary Flames draft pick has been stellar in net for the Friars, playing all but mop up duty in a non-conference blowout victory over Sacred Heart. The South Portland, Maine native has a 3-2-1 record with a 1.72 GAA and .938 save percentage. Gillies, who spent last season playing for the Indiana Ice of the USHL, ranks 1st in the conference in goals against and 2nd in save percentage.

Matt O'Connor (Boston University): The Toronto, Ontario native spent last season honing his skills with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. He has started between the pipes for the Terriers in all three of their wins. His record is 3-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a .945 save percentage, which ranks 2nd and 1st in the conference, respectively.

Runners-up: Brady Hoffman (UVM), Michael Matheson (BC), Danny O'Regan (BU)