Friday, February 3, 2017
Krizova, Newkirk Named Co-Players of the Month
Grant-Mentis is Best Rookie; Burt Earns Top Goaltender Honors
Junior Forward; Horni Cerekev, Czech Republic
Denisa Krizova led Women's Hockey East in point scoring, racking up 15 points on seven goals and eight assists in the month of January. Her 1.67 goals per game, three power-play tallies and five power-play points were also tops among all league skaters. She assisted on four game-winning goals in the month, and rode a four-game goal scoring streak during her current five-game point streak to end the month.
Sophomore Forward; Scottsdale, Arizona
Makenna Newkirk directly contributed to Boston College's undefeated 8-0-1 record in January with six goals and six assists, either scoring or assisting on the game-winning goal in six of the team's eight victories. She tied for the league lead with three power-play goals and five power-play points. She closed the month on a seven-game point streak and four-game goal streak.
Forward; Brampton, Ontario
Mikyla Grant-Mentis powered the Merrimack Warriors offense to a 3-4-1 record in the month of January that featured several milestones for the program in just its second season of varsity play. Grant-Mentis tied for the league lead in rookie scoring, registering nine points on five goals and four assists. She lead all first-year skaters with 0.62 goals per game, two game-winning tallies, one hat trick and 3.12 shots on goal per game. She also dished out two assists against then-No. 8 Quinnipiac, forcing a 2-2 stalemate. On January 28, Grant-Mentis found the back of the net three times to lead the Warriors past Boston University, just the second time a Merrimack skater has scored a hat trick and the first win over the Terriers ever for the program.
Runner-up: Whitney Dove, PC (Fr., D; Port Moody, B.C.)
Junior; Lynn, Massachusetts
Katie Burt lead Women's Hockey East in nearly every goaltending category in the month of January, bettering all backstops in games played (9), minutes (543:59), goals against average (1.21), save percentage (.944), shutouts (2), and wins (8). Her eight wins and 543:29 of play were also tops among all goaltenders in the NCAA. During her month, she collected the Boston College program wins record (83) as just a junior, and moved into the NCAA top 10 in the category. She set the Women's Hockey East career shutout record against Merrimack on Jan. 13 in a 1-0 win and collected another at Vermont on Jan. 21 for her 18th and 19th career blank sheets.
Runner-up: Madison Litchfield, UVM (Sr., G; Williston, Vt.)