Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Megan Keller Named Player of the Month
Picard is Best Rookie; Burt Earns Top Goaltender Honors
Junior Defenseman; Farmington Hills, Michigan
Megan Keller shared the Women's Hockey East scoring lead in February as a defenseman, racking up 14 points on five goals and nine assists in just eight games. She contributed to 14 of the team's 23 goals on the month, helping to provide 61% of her team's offense. She led the conference in plus-minus rating with a plus-10, and helped the Eagles capture a Beanpot title and shut out Merrimack in a Women's Hockey East quarterfinals series. She posted a career-high five points (2g, 3a) in a 7-1 win at Vermont on Feb. 21, and was named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist. Keller wrapped February on a five-game scoring streak. She was named the league's best defenseman of 2016-17 on March 1.
Runner-up: Rebecca Leslie, BU (Jr., F; Toronto, Ont.)
Forward; Longueuil, Quebec
Ève-Audrey Picard appeared on the scoresheet in seven of Vermont's nine games in February, registering 12 points on six goals and six assists. Picard had four multi-point outings, including picking up six points in the Women's Hockey East quarterfinals to help push her No. 5 Vermont Catamounts over the No. 4 Providence Friars in a three-game road series. She has scored a goal in four of her last five outings, and has the most goals of any Catamount first-year skater since the program joined Women's Hockey East in 2005-06. The rookie forward was named to the 2016-17 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team on March 1 for her season-long efforts.
Runner-up: Lea-Kristine Demers, MC (Fr., G; Repentigny, Que.)
Junior; Lynn, Massachusetts
Katie Burt backstopped the Eagles to a Beanpot title and perfect Women's Hockey East quarterfinal series in the month of February, as she recorded two shut outs to advance to the WHEA semifinals. She posted the league's best goals against average (1.69) and save percentage (.933) over the course of the month en route to a 5-2-1 record. The junior netminder stopped at least 25 pucks on three separate occasions, including kicking out 28 shots in Game 2 of the quarterfinals, pushing the Eagles into the next round of the postseason.
Runner-up: Madison Litchfield, UVM (Sr., G; Williston, Vt.)