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Hockey East Player of the Month Liam Blackburn of New Hampshire
Liam Blackburn Named Hockey East Player of the Month
Gresock Wins Top Rookie; Hernberg Earns Best Goaltender Honors


Liam Blackburn - New Hampshire
Junior Forward; Prince George, B.C.

For the month of January, Liam Blackburn scored six goals and tallied five assists for 11 points, the second most of any Hockey East player. Blackburn is currently on a 15- game point streak, the longest point streak in the nation this season, including at last one point in all eight January games. He scored two goals against Boston University on Jan. 11, while he recorded one goal and two assists for three points against Maine on Jan. 21. The Wildcats went 4-1-3 in the month of January outscoring the opposition 32- 21, and UNH is currently 7-1-3 run in their last 11 outings.

Runner-up: Jacob Pritchard, UMass


Chase Gresock - Merrimack
Forward; Powell, Ohio

Freshman forward Chase Gresock led the country in scoring by a freshman in January, finishing with 10 points in eight games on five goals and five assists. He averaged 1.25 points per game, the sixth-highest average in the country by collegiate freshman. His two game-winners were also the most by any NCAA rookie over the past month. The Powell, Ohio, native also blocked five shots and posted 21 shots on goal. He had three separate three-game scoring streaks over that span and he had three different multi-point games along the way, including a career-high three-point night in a road win at Michigan.

Runner-up: Marc Del Gaizo, UMass


Christoffer Hernberg - UMass Lowell
Senior; Espoo, Finland

Senior netminder Christoffer Hernberg recorded a 4-0-1 in five starts for the River Hawks in the month of January, posting a 2.16 goals against average and .923 save percentage with one shutout, ranking third and fourth in the league, respectively. Hernberg recorded three efforts with two goals or less, including 33 saves in the 2-1 road win at No. 2 UMass to start the new year. He backboned the River Hawks to a national ranking (#17) and was the only undefeated goaltender in the league during January.

Runner-up: Matt Murray, UMass