Atlantic Hockey has announced its November award winners, and they come as no surprise:
Player of the Month for November:
Paul Zanette, Niagara
The senior from Nobleton, Ontario led all of Division I in goals per game in November (.93). His three shorthanded goals are also first in the nation. He had at least a point in seven of the nine games the Purple Eagles played in November.
Other Players Nominated: Adam Pleskach, American International; Cody Omilusik, Army; Erik Peterson, Bentley; Andrew Olson, Connecticut; Rob Linsmayer, Holy Cross; Nathan Longpre, Robert Morris; Andrew Favot, RIT.
Goalie of the Month for November:
Ryan Zapolski – Mercyhurst
The local boy has made good at Mercyhurst, leading the Lakers to a 4-2 record in November, psoting a 1.68 Goals Against Average and a .946 save percentage.
Other Goalies Nominated: Ben Meisner, American International; Derek Kump, Holy Cross; Carsen Chubak, Niagara.
Rookie of the Month for November:
Jason Torf – Air Force
Torf was a 3-1-1 with a 2.37 GAA and a .933 saves percentage.
Other Rookies Nominated: Jon Puskar, American International; Ben Danford, Canisius; Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst; Scott Arnold, Niagara; Michael Colavecchia, RIT
But what have you done for me lately?
November seems so far away by now. Here’s your USCHO.com Atlantic Hockey
Player of the Week:
Cole Schneider, Connecticut – The rookie had a hat trick, just the fifth in UConn history at the Division I level, to lead the Huskies to an 8-5 win over Niagara. Schneider also had an assist in the game. He’s tied for first on the team with 13 points so far this season.
Scott Arnold, Niagara – Playing in the same series, the Niagara rookie also had four points (three goals and an assist). Arnold is tied for second among freshman in Division I with 11 goals so far.
Kyle De Laurell, Air Force – The sophomore posting his first career hat trick in a 7-6 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.
Shane Madolora, RIT – Madolora stopped all 16 shots he faced to post his first career shutout at AIC on Friday. The sophomore has a .944 save percentage and 1.48 GAA in four AHA contests.
Garrett Bartus, Connecticut – Bartus allowed nine goals last weekend, but also made 92 saves to help the Huskies to a split against Niagara.
Billy Latta, Connecticut – The rookie forward had four points, including the game winning goal, in UConn’s -5 win over Niagara on Saturday.
Chubak’s Season Over
Niagara goaltender Carsen Chubak got some bad news this week. The injury he sustained on November 23 in a game against Colgate will keep him off the ice for the remainder of the season.
The rookie was off to an excellent start, earning Rookie of the Week honors and posting a 2.53 GAA, fifth in the conference.
“It’s a tough blow,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder told the Niagara Gazette. “He was just coming into his own. He probably would have cemented himself as the No. 1.”
Burkholder says that Niagara will most likely apply for a medical redshirt for Chubak.
Getting My Vote
My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week (very tough choice between Duluth and Yale):
3. North Dakota
12. Notre Dame
17. Ferris State