COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading their teams to strong starts in the 2017-18 season, St. Cloud State junior defenseman Jimmy Schuldt and North Dakota freshman forward Grant Mismash were honored with National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) monthly awards on Tuesday. Schuldt received the NCHC’s October Player of the Month honor, while Mismash was distinguished as the NCHC Rookie of the Month for October. This is the first career NCHC monthly award for both.
Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Schuldt had a phenomenal start to his junior campaign, tallying 10 points on four goals and six assists in five games, while leading the Huskies to a 5-0-0 start and a No. 2 national ranking. Despite being a defenseman, Schuldt tied for the NCAA lead among all skaters in October with 2.00 points per game, while also ranking sixth during the month with 1.20 assists per game, both of which led all NCHC skaters. The team captain tallied at least one point in all five games in October, including four multi-point games, while posting a +8 plus-minus, which led the entire NCAA during the month. He scored the game-winning goal in SCSU’s first two games of the season, which ties for the NCHC lead in game-winners, and was a two-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week to start the season, as well.
Schuldt opened the season with a goal and an assist, including scoring the game-winning goal, in a 4-0 shutout at Minnesota State on Oct. 7. He also posted a +4 plus-minus in the win and was the game’s Second Star, which earned him his first NCHC Defenseman of the Week nod. The next weekend, the undrafted free agent put up five points in a sweep of Alaska, again collecting NCHC Defenseman of the Week honors, as well as NCAA Second Star of the Week. Schuldt tallied three points in a series-opening 6-3 win Oct. 13, scoring two goals, again including the game-winning goal, and dished out an assist to earn First Star of the Game. He added a goal and an assist in the series finale when he was named Second Star.
In his final two games of October, Schuldt doled out three assists in a sweep of Boston College Oct. 20-21, with his fourth multi-point game of the month in the series opener (two assists). In addition to his offense, Schuldt blocked 12 shots in October (2.4 blocks per game) while anchoring a Huskies’ blue line that helped allow only 2.00 goals per game in October, which ranked seventh nationally. He fired 13 shots on goal during the month, as well.
Schuldt is now a candidate for Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) National Player of the Month for October, which will be announced Wednesday. Other nominees for NCHC Player of the Month included Colorado College junior forward Mason Bergh, Western Michigan junior forward Colt Conrad, Miami junior defenseman Grant Hutton, North Dakota senior goaltender Cam Johnson and Denver junior forward Troy Terry.
Grant Mismash, North Dakota
Mismash started his collegiate career strong, registering three goals and four assists for seven points in his first seven games, helping North Dakota to a 5-2-1 start this season. His seven points and three goals both tied for the NCHC rookie lead in October, while his 1.00 points per game and 0.43 goals per game, were tops alone in the conference. His seven points tied for sixth nationally among rookies during the month as well, while his three markers tied for fourth among freshmen. Mismash tallied a point in five of his final six games in October, with all seven points coming during that stretch. The Nashville Predators draft pick also logged a +3 plus-minus during the month and fired 18 shots on goal.
After being held pointless in his collegiate debut Oct. 6, Mismash notched his first collegiate point with an assist in a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence Oct. 13. He then tallied his first career goal the next night in a 6-1 win to complete the sweep, which earned him his first NCHC Rookie of the Week honors. The following weekend, Mismash dished out three assists in a split with Minnesota, with one on UND’s lone goal in a loss Oct. 20 and two Oct. 21 in a 4-0 win, including setting up the game-winner, for his first multi-point game.
Mismash then closed October with two goals in a 6-4 win at Colorado College on Oct. 28 for his first career multi-goal game. He also fired nine shots on goal in the win and was named the game’s First Star en route to his second NCHC Rookie of the Week honors during the month.
Mismash is now a candidate for Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) National Rookie of the Month for October, which will be announced Wednesday. The other nominees for NCHC Rookie of the Month were Denver defenseman Ian Mitchell and Minnesota Duluth forward Nick Swaney.