January 31, 2008

Atlantic Hockey Names Monthly Award Winners for January

Atlantic Hockey Names Monthly Awards for January

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Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month


Senior, Forward, Ste. Therese, QUE  

Lambert recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points in eight games, helping lead RIT to a 4-2-1 record in January, vaulting the Tigers to the top of the AHA standings. Lambert had at least point in the first six games of the month. He had two goals and an assist in a sweep at Holy Cross to begin the month, then three assists, as the Tigers split with Air Force. On Jan. 18, Lambert ha the game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart and then scored an empty-netter in a 4-2 victory the following night. Lambert leads the conference in scoring with 29 points and has 23 points in 20 conference games.

Other Players Nominated:
Jason Weeks, Canisius (7gp, 3-2--5); Dale Reinhardt, Holy Cross (9 gp, 3-5--8); Alexandre Parent (8 gp, 3-6--9).


Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month


Sophomore, Goaltender, Winnipeg, MAN 

Loewen recorded the top month of any Canisius goaltender since the Griffs moved to Division I. The sophomore averaged 31.3 saves per game and posted a goals against average of 0.99 and a save percentage of .969 in six January games. He topped the previous school records of 1.28 (Sean Weaver in Oct. 2000) and .957 (Dan Giffin in January 2006). He opened the month by stopping 69-of-71 shots while taking three points against Bentley. He recorded 33 saves in the opener and then stopped 36 shots in the finale while only a lost stick kept him from posting a shutout. Loewen then started a school-record scoreless streak that spanned four games. He started the run by keeping Connecticut off the scoreboard for the final 29:32. Loewen then recorded consecutive shutouts in back-to-back games against Connecticut and Army. In the shutout victory over Army, Loewen matched his season high with 40 saves. In the finale, Loewen held the Black Knights off the scoreboard for the first 51:28 of the game. He held opponents without a goal for 201 minutes of play, topping the previous record of 147:34, set by Dan Giffin in 2006. His stretch, in which he stopped 104-consecutive shots, is also the third-longest in the nation this season. The Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week on two occasions during January, Loewen was also strong on the penalty kill. He helped kill all 26 power plays he faced during the month as the Griffs killed a Division I school-record 37-consecutive power plays from December to January. Loewen's performance during the month vaulted him up the Atlantic Hockey rankings. Outside the top 10 in both GAA and save percentage before January, Loewen now ranks first in the league in save percentage with .969 and third with a GAA of 2.53. Against league competition, Loewen leads all goalies with a GAA of 1.89 and a save percentage of .940.

Other Goalies Nominated: Joe Calvi, Bentley (5gp, 1-2-2, 3.32 GAA, .892 save %); Beau Erickson, Connecticut (7gp, 3-2-2, 1.82 GAA, .948 save %); Matt Lundin, Mercyhurst (7gp, 1-3-3, 2.77 GAA, .912 save %); Louis Menard, R.I.T. (7gp, 4-2-1, 2.39 GAA, .909 save %); Stefan Drew, Sacred Heart (6gp, 3-3-0, 2.50 GAA, .922 save %).



Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month


Freshman, Forward, Shorewood, Minn.

Scored first career hat trick on Jan. 11 in 6-4 win at Holy Cross...Scored all three goals in third period, including a pair of goals 11 seconds apart...Hat trick included his first career game-winning goal and first career short-handed goal...Set Bentley Division I record and tied all-time program record with three goals in a period...Notched two goals each in back-to-back games Jan. 25-26 vs. Mercyhurst...Scored game-tying goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime on Jan. 26...Tied for Atlantic Hockey rookie scoring lead with 19 points this season...Leads Bentley with 12 goals this season...Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice, on Jan. 14 & 28...Named to Atlantic Hockey Honor Roll on Jan. 7.

Other Rookies Nominated: Tom Mele, American Int'l (7gp, 4-2--6); Vincent Scarsella, Canisius (7gp, 1-5--6); Joe Brock, Holy Cross (9gp, 4-3--7); Steve Cameron, Mercyhurst (7gp, 3-2--5); Andrew Favot, R.I.T. (8gp, 4-1--5); Reade Wolansky, Sacred Heart (8gp, 1-3--4).