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Falcon sophomore forward ties for NCAA scoring lead with 13 points in October
BGSU's Johnson Named National Player Of The Month For October
Falcon sophomore forward ties for NCAA scoring lead with 13 points in October

The first HCA National Player of the Month of the 2018-19 season is Max Johnson (Lakeville, Minn.) from Bowling Green State University. The 5-10, 183-pound forward tied for the NCAA scoring lead with 13 points in October, helping the Falcons go from unranked in preseason polls to No. 9 nationally following a 5-1-1 opening month.

A facilitator as well as a scorer, the sophomore lit the lamp six times (on 18 shots) and handed out seven assists. Johnson also led a potent BGSU power play, paced the country with 10 man-advantage points and tying for tops with five power-play goals.

While playing a challenging opening-month schedule that featured four games against nationally-ranked opponents, Johnson tallied at least on point in six of his seven contests. He opened with a four-point contest (2g-2a) in an 8-2 road win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 6, tallied four assists in a home-and-home against Robert Morris (Oct. 12 and 14), then earned WCHA Forward of the Week honors for a five-point week vs. then-No. 19 Western Michigan and then-No. 4 Ohio State (Oct. 23-27). Johnson scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 home victory over WMU (Oct. 23), recorded his first career hat trick in an 8-2 road win at OSU (Oct. 26) and picked up an assist in a 2-2 home draw with the Buckeyes (Oct. 27).

Among NCAA skaters with at least four games played in October, Johnson ranked third with 1.86 points-per-game and fifth with 0.86 goals-per-contest.