Despite a short schedule for December, a number of players stood out for their individual performances.
With many teams playing an abbreviated schedule heading into the winter break, a number of players made the most of their ice time, earning honors for the final month of the 2013 calendar year.
Ryan Mara (William Paterson DII) was on fire, picking up five goals and a pair of assists in just two games, including a four-point effort in a 6-4 win over Rowan. The Harrow Player of the Month, Mara paced the Pioneer through their two games in December and has an impressive 50 point (30+20) season on record this year. His startling 2.3 point per game average is amongst the highest in any of the ACHA’s three divisions.
A pair of Wyoming (DIII) blueliners take home some hardware this month as Tyson Hertz earns honors as the Harrow Defenseman of the Month and Jeremy Donaldson earned the Sher-Wood Freshman Spotlight for his play in December.
Hertz picked up seven assists for the Cowboys and ran his +/- to a team-leading +17 for the year thanks to his play in December. Hertz has emerged as a minute-eating force for Wyoming through the early portion of the 2013-14 season. His teammate, Donaldson stepped into a top-four role due to injuries along the Wyoming blueline and responded with an impressive four-point (2+2) for the month. His goal against Northern Colorado proved to be the game winner for the Cowboys.
Meanwhile, in northern New York, Dylan Niewiemski (Oswego DI) pitched his fourth shutout of the season against RIT, lowering his season GAA to 1.65 and putting his save percentage at a stingy .941 at the close of the first half of the year. The Warrior Goaltender of the Month, Niewiemski has been a workhorse for Oswego, seeing action in 18 games and owning a 10-6 record overall.
Recent defensive convert Chris Boyes (George Washington DII) earned the Turfer Sportsmanship Award as he continued his clean play in December. Boyes, a natural forward volunteered to step back on the blueline for GW this season and has managed to remain the only player to not set foot in the penalty box at this point. He has earned ice time in every situation this year and has embraced his new role with open arms.
Arizona State earned a nice assist from the Phoenix Coyotes Alumni in a charity game to benefit Sparky’s KidZ. While the former NHLers took the victory from the nation’s top squad, the true victors are the families who are assisted by this great charity.
Chelsea Kasparick (Robert Morris, IL DI) earned December’s Harrow Player of the Month and Turfer Sportsmanship awards as she racked up five points (3+2) in just two games while continuing to play penalty free hockey. One of the nation’s most lethal scorers, Kasparick has proven to be a pivotal part of RMU’s success this season.
Adrian’s (DI) Amanda Antos, earned high praise from a number of coaches as she overwhelmingly earned the Harrow Defenseman of the Month award for December. Antos’ steady play has led the Bulldogs all season culminating with he nomination in December. With the help of Antos, Emily Michelin nabbed Warrior Goaltender of the Month honors after allowing just one goal in Adrian’s two games in December. She turned aside 64 of the 65 shots she faced in the two contests.
Jenna Trubiano (University of Michigan DI) almost nabbed Player of the Month honors along with the Sher-Wood Freshman Spotlight after picking up nine points (5+4) in Michigan’s two games in December.
Lastly, the California (PA) women deserve praise for their participation in A Walk to End Alzheimers, a nationwide initiative that takes place in over 650 cities each year.