Friday, February 3, 2017
Sikura Named Warrior Hockey Player of the Month
Keller Is Again Top Rookie; Delia Earns Best Goaltender Honors
Senior Forward; Aurora, Ontario
Dylan Sikura tied for the national lead over the month of January with a total of 15 points as he scored six goals and chipped in with nine assists in his team's eight outings. He paced the NCAA in multiple offensive categories, including points per game (1.88), and power-play assists (5) and points (8). He also lead all of Hockey East with three power-play tallies, two game-winning goals, and one hat trick. His three-goal outing game on Jan. 27 at UMass Lowell, when he recorded a natural hat trick, completing the feat with just 16.2 seconds left to lift the Huskies to a 4-3 victory. He ended the month riding a five-game multi-point streak, helping his team to a 4-0-1 record to close the month.
Runner-up: Clayton Keller, BU (Fr., F; Swansea, Ill.)
Forward; Swansea, Illinois
Clayton Keller led all national rookies in game-winning goals (2) and shots on goal (39) in January, while pacing Hockey East freshmen in nearly every offensive category. His five goals, six assists, 11 points, 0.62 goals per game, 1.38 points per game, four power-play points, and one short-handed goal were all tops in the conference. He helped his team to a 7-2-0 record and top ranking in the country, while extending his point streak to 13 games with at least one point in each February contest. He has now recorded at least a point in all but two of the games in which he has appeared for the Terriers.
Runner-up: Ross Colton, UVM (Fr., F; Robbinsville, N.J.)
Junior; Rancho Cucamonga, California
Collin Delia lead Hockey East in January in both goals against average, save percentage and goals allowed, despite each of his five starts coming against top ranked programs. Delia went 3-2-0 in the month and stopped at least 30 saves in four of those outings; the lone contest without 30 saves game in a 1-0 loss to Cornell, in which Delia kicked out 17. He ended the month on a hot streak, allowing just four goals in wins over then-No.. 12 Notre Dame and a pair of victories over then-No. 1 Boston University. The was the first time in program history that Merrimack swept Boston University in a regular-season series, and Delia allowed just two goals over 120:00 of play in the victories.
Runner-up: Jake Oettinger, BU (Fr., G; Lakeville, Minn.)