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Hockey East Player of the Month Alina Mueller of Northeastern
Alina Mueller Named Hockey East Player of the Month
Kuoppala Earns Best Rookie Honors; Frankel Is Top Goaltender


Alina Mueller - Northeastern
Sophomore Forward; Wintherthur, Switzerland

Mueller led all players nationally during the month of January with 15 points and two shorthanded goals. The sophomore posted seven goals and eight assists through 10 contests in the month. Her eight assists were the best in Hockey East, while she also led the league in points per game (1.50) and shots on goal (48). The sophomore factored in on four game-winning goals, scoring one and settling up three others. She ended the month on a fourgame point streak (4g, 7a) that including three game-winning assists and a career-best five-point (1g, 4a) outing on Jan. 25 at Vermont.

Runner-up: Sara Hjalmarsson, Providence


Ida Kuoppala - Maine

Forward; Pedersöre, Finland

Kuoappale, the runner-up for Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month in December, led all Hockey East freshman with 10 points in January, good for third among all first-year players nationally. Her six goals were a league-best among her classmates, while she also led all rookies in goals per game (0.67), power-play goals (1), power-play points (3), short-handed goals (1), game-winning goals (1), shots on goal (43), and shots on goal per game (4.78). She ended the month on a five-game point streak, scoring seven goals and nine points in that span.

Runner-up: Hannah Bilka, Boston College


Aerin Frankel - Northeastern
Junior; Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Frankel tied for the lead among all NCAA goaltenders with four shutouts in January, compiling a national-best seven wins and a 7-1-1 overall record. Her month included four consecutive shutouts and a shutout streak of 253:44. She was second in the nation with a .963 save percentage, while her 1.13 goals against average ranked sixth in the country and her 271 saves were fourthmost in the NCAA. The junior netminder led all of Hockey East in goals against average (1.13), save percentage (.963), wins (7), and shutouts (4) and made the second-most saves (261) while allowing fewer goals (10) than any goalie who made more than four starts. During her stellar month, Frankel made a career-high 51 saves in a 4-3 overtime setback to #1 Wisconsin and pitched four consecutive shutouts.

Runner-up: Sandra Abstreiter, Providence