WAKEFIELD, Mass. – After being named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month on Tuesday, St. Cloud State junior defenseman Jimmy Schuldt garnered national recognition on Wednesday when he was selected as the HCA National Division I Player of the Month for October, the Hockey Commissioners’ Association announced.
Schuldt (Minnetonka, Minn.) tallied 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 playing on the blue line, 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. SCSU’s 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 NCAA. He scored the game-winning goal in SCSU’s first two games of the season, 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 the 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, including two in the series opener for his fourth multi-point game of the month. 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.
New Hampshire freshman defenseman Max Gildon was named the HCA National Rookie of the Month for October. North Dakota freshman forward Grant Mismash earned HCA Honorable Mention Rookie of the Month after being named the NCHC’s Rookie of the Month on Tuesday.
Schuldt and the Huskies begin November opening conference play, hosting in-state rival No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth this weekend.