EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 3, 2017 – Two of the league's top goal-scorers last month, both of whom ranked among the national leaders, have earned men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) monthly honors for January 2017. For their efforts, Northern Michigan senior forward Dominik Shine was named Player of the Month and Lake Superior State freshman forward Max Humitz garnered Rookie of the Month honors.
Dominik Shine, Sr., F
Northern Michigan (Pinckney, Mich.)
Shine, who has been on a two-month tear, led the country in January by averaging 1.17 goals-per-game. The only national skater in the top-10 last month who played in fewer than eight games, the senior tallied a WCHA-best seven goals in six contests. Shine scored in all facets for Northern Michigan, netting four goals at even strength, two on the power-play and one short-handed.
The senior from Pinckney, Mich. was a two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Month in January, earning the accolades after a pair of hat tricks. Shine, one of only five players nationally with multiple hat tricks this season, tallied an even-strength goal, power-play marker and short-handed strike in a 6-4 victory Jan. 7 at Lake Superior State. He then followed that up with a three-goal performance in a 6-1 triumph Jan. 21 vs. Alaska Anchorage. All told, Shine's eight-point month (one assist) helped the Wildcats to a 3-1-2 record in January – their first winning month this season.
Shine is one of three players with an NCAA-best 11 goals since Dec. 1, matching Northeastern's Zach Aston-Reese and Bentley's Kyle Schmidt. After missing NMU's first six games of the campaign, he has 15 goals in 22 contests to rank eighth nationally with 0.68 goals-per-game this season. This is Shine's third career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: J.T. Henke, Jr., F, Lake Superior State (led the WCHA and tied for 12th nationally with 10 points, scoring three goals with a league-high seven assists for the Lakers); Davis Jones, Sr., G, Alaska (led the WCHA and ranked seventh nationally with a .945 save percentage, while logging two 35-plus save nights in league play and one 45-stop effort for the Nanooks); Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State (Hobey Baker Award candidate scored a goal in five different games, while adding four assists for nine points in eight games as the Bulldogs climbed to fifth place in the WCHA standings).
Max Humitz, Fr., F
Lake Superior State (Livonia, Mich.)
The league's top rookie playmaker in January, Humitz led WCHA freshmen with five goals, nine points, 0.62 goals- and 1.12 points-per-game and 23 shots on goal. The freshman from Livonia, Mich. led all NCAA first-year skaters with four power-play goals, while his overall goal and point total both ranked third nationally.
Humitz recorded at least one point in six-of-eight games, including a pair of multi-point efforts. His nine points ranked second among all WCHA players in January, while his five goals tied for second. The rookie also added seven blocked shots, helping Lake Superior State to a 3-2-3 record.
For the season, Humitz leads WCHA rookies with 12 goals, matching Boston University's Clayton Keller for the third-most nationally. He ranks sixth in the country amongst his freshman peers by averaging 0.43 goals-per-game. This is Humitz' first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Gavin Gould, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (led the No. 20 Huskies to a 3-1-4 record, pacing WCHA rookies with six assists and scoring a pair of goals in road wins at then-No. 12 Notre Dame and Alabama Huntsville); Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G, Ferris State (was in the net for the Bulldogs' two wins and one tie, while ranking second among WCHA goaltenders with a .938 save percentage and third with a 1.96 goals-against average).