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Boston College’s Gaudreau, Demko win HCA awards for January

Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau, who led the nation in scoring in January, has been named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for January, while BC freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko has earned HCA Rookie of the Month honors.

Gaudreau tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in eight games in the month of January, while BC went 7-0-1 during the stretch. He recorded three two-goal games, including one against Notre Dame at Fenway Park, and had multiple points in five of his eight games played.

In addition, Gaudreau is currently on a 22-game point streak, with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points dating back to Nov. 1.

Demko went 4-0-1 last month, with four of those five starts coming on the road. During the month, he stopped 134 of 142 shots faced for a save percentage of .944, to go along with a goals-against average of 1.57. Demko started and won four straight games to close out the month, capping it off with a 30-save shutout on the road at Providence, the first shutout of his college career.

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  • Robby Nichols

    I’m not saying Demko is not a good goalie, he is a great goalie but it’s easy to have a 1.57 GAA when you are only facing 20 shots/game

    • EaglesFan

      20 shots/game? Try 28, which is above the national average. His GAA of 1.57 would be tops in the nation by a long shot. Not to mention the five game-unbeaten run included victories against solid teams Providence and Maine, plus a win in a hostile environment at Penn St. There have been more consistent goalies in college hockey throughout the season, but you can’t argue that Demko isn’t a rising star who had a fantastic January.

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