NCAA Names D-1 Players of the Month

Sacred Heart’s men’s hockey team has set a national record
with their 12-game unbeaten streak. 
But, now they’re being recognized nationally for even more.  The team’s freshman goalie, Steven
Legatto, has been named National College Hockey Rookie of the Month, while teammate
Nick Johnson has been named as the National College Hockey Player of the Month.

Throughout the month of January, the Pioneers remained
undefeated, with senior forward Johnson leading the way. The Windsor, Conn. native tallied
11 goals and nine assists for 20 points during the month, earning a +12
rating.  His postings this season
have elevated him to a nationally-ranking level, as he leads in goals, with 21,
and goals per game with 0.81, as well as being tied for sixth with 36
points. 

Johnson has proven his talent all season, despite a lacking
early half of the season for the team in fall of 2009.  However, he’s really stepped up the
efforts this month posting three power play goals, two game-winners, and seven
multiple-point games.  He’s even
scored at least one goal in each of the team’s last seven games. 

Leading his team and setting a school record with most goals
in a single season (21), Johnson had been named the Player of the Week in Atlantic Hockey for the last week of January.  All of
the recognition has been well earned and well deserved.

Legatto has also received a lot of
recognition as of late.  The young
goalie out of Kelowna, BC, lays claim to the longest unbeaten streak for a
goaltender in school history, with 11 games, improving his overall mark to
12-6-3.  With a .643 winning
percentage, he ranks 11th nationally and first in the AHA. 

Legatto finished the month with a .934 save percentage and a
2.06 GAA.  The AHA recognized him
as Goaltender of the week, this past week and Rookie of the Week for the first
two weeks of the year.  He made 30+
saves on six occasions, even claiming his first career shutout on January 9
against Army (5-0).  He stopped 323
of 346 shots throughout the month. 
His 651 saves this season rank him at fifth within the AHA.

The two players, selected by the Hockey Commisioners’
Association, are the National Division I Player and Rookie of the Month for
January.  Both Legatto and Johnson
proudly represent the Pioneers and Atlantic Hockey with their excellence on the
ice.

Honorable Mention Player of the Month

Colby Cohen, D,
Boston University, HEA
Zac Dalpe, F, Ohio
State, CCHA
Ian Lowe, F,
Bemidji State, CHA
Garrett Roe, F,
St. Cloud State, WCHA
Kain Tisi, G, St.
Lawrence, ECAC

Honorable Mention Rookie of the Month

Zach Budish, F, Minnesota, WCHA
Stephane Da Costa, F, Merrimack, HEA
Jordan George, F, Bemidji State, CHA
Louis Leblanc, F, Harvard, ECAC
Torey Krug, D, Michigan State, CCHA

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