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Hockey Commissioners Association | December 2, 2015

NCAA Hockey: Quinnipiac's Garteig named HCA Player of the Month

  Garteig led all ECAC hockey goalies in games played, minutes, wins and shutouts in November.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Quinnipiac senior goaltender Michael Garteig (Prince George, B.C.), who led the Bobcats to No. 3/2 national ranking last month, while posting a record of 7-0-2 was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for November.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior from Prince George, British Columbia, was named the HCA Player of the Month for the first time in his career. In nine games for the month of November, Garteig led all ECAC Hockey goalies in games played (nine) minutes (528:51), wins (seven) and shutouts (two). He allowed just 11 goals for the month for a 1.25 goals-against average, while posting a .946 save percentage. The Bobcats’ goalie was in net for all but one period of the teams’ Nov. games, including a stretch of five games played over nine days (Nov. 13-21). In that span, Garteig was 3-0-2 with 0.83 GAA after allowing just four goals in 289:44 between the pipes and also posted a .965 save percentage after stopping 109 of 113 shots-on-goal. Two of the four goals allowed by Garteig came with the Bobcats’ playing a man-down.

He was recently name ECAC Hockey’s Goaltender of the Month for the second consecutive month and for the fifth overall time in his career. Garteig stopped 19 of 20 in a 4-1 win against Harvard on Nov. 13 before a 22-save performance against Dartmouth on the following night. He also stopped 25 of 26 in a 1-1 tie against Clarkson before blanking St. Lawrence in a 36-save performance that saw him featured on ESPN Sports Centers Top 10 as the No.  4 play of the day.  

Recently named to the Mike Richter Award Watch, the award is given annually to the top NCAA Division I goalie in the country, Garteig tied a program mark earning his 59th career win between the pipes for the Bobcats on Nov. 28, in a 1-0 shutout over Massachusetts. He now owns a career record of 59-21-11. 

The HCA National Rookie of the Month for November is Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) from Boston College. White scored five goals and 12 assists in November as his 17 points and 2.43 points per game led all NCAA players during the month. He also lead or tied for the lead among Hockey East rookies in goals (five), assists (12), points (17), game-winning goals (one), and shots on goal (three). White recorded a multi-point performance nearly each time he pulled on the Eagles’ sweater in November, save for a one-assist outing Nov. 28 against RIT. He is currently riding an eight-game point streak dating back to Oct. 30 (five goals, 13 assists). In that span, he has picked up one game-winning tally and two power-play assists.

White exploded in the month of November, leading all freshmen nationwide in nearly every offensive category. He topped all rookies in the month with five goals, 12 assists, 17 points, a plus-12 ranking and 30 shots on goal.

The Hanover, Massachusetts, native helped Boston College to a perfect 7-0-0 record on the month, beginning November with a four-point outing against Massachusetts with a goal and three assists. He picked up another four points in a two-game set with league rival Maine, netting another marker and picking up three helpers. He scored twice against Michigan State Nov. 13 and added an assist before turning in another pair of two-assist games Nov. 21 at New Hampshire and Nov. 24 at UConn, adding the game-winner against the Huskies. 

White factored in on four of Boston College’s seven game-winning goals, scoring the deciding tally at UConn and setting up three others. On the season, he currently leads NCAA freshmen with 14 assists and 21 points and a plus-18 rating. His 3.92 shots on goal per game is also the highest among all NCAA rookies.

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