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January 3, 2013
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MONTHLY HONORS: UMASS' BRANDEN GRACEL NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER
~ UML's Connor Hellebuyck nets Top Goalie honor; NU's Kevin Roy tabbed as Top Rookie ~
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Photo ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE MONTH
BRANDEN GRACEL - MASSACHUSETTS
Junior Forward; Calgary, Alta.
Gracel posted a league-high nine points (3g,6a) over six games in the month of December and won 85 of 131 faceoffs (64.9%) with three multi-point efforts for the Minutemen. Was named Tournament MVP after leading UMass to the Ledyard Classic title with four points (1g,3a) in the tournament, including assisting the game-winner against Bemidji State and scoring his third game-winner of the season in the championship game against No. 10 Dartmouth to help hand the Big Green their first home loss of the year.

Runner-up:
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Jr., G, Collegeville, Pa.) 6GP, 7pts. (2g,5a)
Athletic Republic
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Photo HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK - UMASS LOWELL
Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.
Hellebuyck registered consecutive shutouts against Northeastern (2- 0) on Dec. 8 and Harvard (5-0) on Dec. 10, stopping a combined 55 shots on target. In the win over Northeastern, the two-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week had 25 saves and followed with 30 saves in the win over Harvard.

Runners-up:
Martin Ouellette, Maine (Jr., St.-Hippolyte, Que.) 1-1-1, 1.85 GAA, .924 save%
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (So., Espoo, Finland) 2-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .932 save%
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
KEVIN ROY - NORTHEASTERN
Freshman Forward; Lac-Beauport, Que.
Roy registered multi-point performances in two of three outings for the Huskies in December, including Northeastern's first five-point game since 2005. Roy averaged 2.33 points per game, including three goals and four assists for seven points in the month of December.

Runners-up:
Brian Christie, MC (F, West Chester, Pa.) 5GP, 4pts. (2g,2a)
Ryan McGrath, UML (F, O'Fallon, Mo.) 4GP, 5pts. (3g,2a)
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