CHA Monthly Awards: February 2014
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College Hockey America Player of the Month
Christine Bestland – Mercyhurst
Senior; Forward; Brunkild, Manitoba
Senior Christine Bestland had arguably one of the best months of the season in February. The reigning CHA Player of the Year posted ten points on six goals and four assists to extend the Lakers unbeaten streak to nine games. The Lakers went 6-0-1 during the month of February with the help of Bestland as she tallied two shorthanded goals and her third hat trick of the season. With the two shorthanded goals Bestland is tied for first in the nation in shorthanded goals. Of the six goals, she also scored one power-play goal and two game-winners. Bestland wasa plus-10 plus/minus rating throughout the seven games and tallied 24 shots on net. Bestland was named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award, the MVP for NCAA D-I women's ice hockey, last week.
Honorable Mention: Kendra Broad (Lindenwood), Thea Imbrogno (Robert Morris), Lindsay Grigg (RIT) and Allie LaCombe (Syracuse)
College Hockey America Goaltender of the Month
Nicole Hensley – Lindenwood
Junior; Lakewood, Co.
Nicole Hensley had a 3-3-1 record over the final month of the regular season and posted a .945 save percentage. She had 310 saves for the month and stopped at least 40 shots in every game but one. She led Lindenwood to its biggest victory in school history with 55 saves in a win over nationally-ranked Robert Morris. She also led Lindenwood to its first non-loss against Mercyhurst with 41 saves against the fourth-most potent offense in Division I in a 2-2 tie. She allowed two or fewer goals in four games despite constantly facing a lopsided number of shots. Hensley finishes the year with 1,197 saves, the third-most in NCAA Division I history for a single season.
Honorable Mention: Amanda Makela (Mercyhurst), Ali Binnington (RIT), Jessica Dodds (Robert Morris), Jenesica Drinkwater (Syracuse)
College Hockey America Rookie of the Month
Jessica Sibley – Syracuse
Forward; Luseland, Saskatchewan
Sibley recorded seven points (3G, 4A) in nine games, and earned a plus-six rating during the month of February. Her 26 points are second-most amongst CHA rookies, and fifth amongst all Division I freshmen. Her average of 0.72 points per-game ranks ninth nationally among rookies. Sibley has scored six power-play goals, the third-most in CHA this season. She has the third-most points on her team, and her 12 goals are second-most amongst the Orange, and tied for tenth overall in the conference.
Honorable Mention: Brittany Howard (Robert Morris)