College Hockey America Monthly Awards
CHA Player of the Month - Brittany Howard (RMU)
Freshman; Forward; St Thomas, Ontario
Freshman Brittany Howard has been a spark for the Colonials offense through the first month of play. During October she recorded a league-high 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. She averaged 1.56 points per game and had a plus-three rating. She chipped in five points, all assists, on the Colonials powerplay, and two of her four goals were game-winners. She has not been held off the score sheet since her first collegiate game, racking up at-least one point in eight straight contests in October. She leads CHA in scoring and assists, and is tied for the league lead in powerplay points and game-winning goals. Howard also leads the nation in scoring amongst rookies, and earned two CHA Rookie of the Month awards during October.
Also nominated: Christine Bestland (Mercyhurst), Shannon Yoxheimer (Penn State), Kourtney Kunichika (RIT) and Nicole Renault (Syracuse)
CHA Goaltender of the Month – Amanda Makela (Mercyhurst)
Junior; Thunder Bay, Ontario
Junior Amanda Makela collected three shutouts en route to a 4-2-1 record in the month of October. Her most notable shutout of the season was against then third-ranked Clarkson University on October 18 when she made 19 saves. Her GAA for October was 1.27, and she finished the month with a .950 save percentage. Overall she holds a 1.66 GAA, ninth best in the nation, and .935 save percentage in nine games played this season. Makela was awarded three straight CHA Goalie of the Week awards during the month of October.
Also nominated: Kallie Billadeau (Syracuse), Celine Whitlinger (Penn State), and Ali Binnington (RIT)
CHA Rookie of the Month – Jessica Doddds (RMU)
Freshman; London, Ontario
Jessica Dodds was sensational over the course of her first month of collegiate hockey, recording a 5-0-0 record in five starts, with a 1.78 GAA and two shutouts, including one against then-No.3/4 Boston College, and a .920 save percentage. Dodds has been a mainstay in the top-10 nationally in GAA throughout the month. She is tied with teammate Courtney Vinet for fewest goals allowed with 9 among qualifying CHA goalies. Dodds earned both CHA Goalie and Rookie of the Week honors in October.
Also nominated: Laura Bowman (Penn State), Dakota Waites (RIT),
and Jessica Sibley (Syracuse)