Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Aston-Reese Named Hockey East Player of the Month
Keller Claims Top Rookie; Wall Wins Best Goaltender Honors
Senior Forward; Staten Island, N.Y.
Zach Aston-Reese led the nation once again over the month of February, picking up 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists, averaging 2.12 points per game. He paced his Huskies to a 5-3-0 record on the month, securing home ice in the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament. Aston-Reese picked up multiple points in five of his eight outings, including two three-point nights and a pair of four-point tilts, including a hat trick and assist on senior night at Matthews Arena. He scored or assisted on four of Northeastern's five game-winning strikes.
Runner-up: Tyler Kelleher, UNH (Sr., F; Longmeadow, Mass.)
Forward; Swansea, Illinois
Clayton Keller tallied 12 points on seven goals and five assists in February to help the Terriers clinch a share of the Hockey East regular-season crown by scoring twice in the final game of the season, a 4-1 win over Notre Dame that secured the title and the number two seed in the Hockey East Tournament. The first-year forward led all league freshmen in goals, points, goals per game (0.88), points per game (1.50), shorthanded goals (1), and shots on goal (47). He had a plus-six rating in eight games played. He had four multiple point games, including a pair of two-goal games.
Runner-up: Sami Tavernier, MC (Fr., F; Morzine, France)
Freshman; Leamington, Ontario
Tyler Wall posted the league's best goals against average (2.00) over the month of February en route to going a perfect 7-0-0 in the final month of the regular season. Wall's play helped his River Hawks secure a share of the Hockey East regular season title and the top seed in the Hockey East Tournament on the final night of the season. Wall stopped 151 shots of the 165 he faced in the month, allowing just 14 goals in 419:47 of play. Three of his victories came over nationally ranked opponents, while he allowed two or fewer goals in six of seven.
Runner-up: Cal Petersen, ND (Jr., G; Waterloo, Iowa)