WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Finishing off stellar seasons, Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson and Denver freshman goaltender Filip Larsson have earned HCA National Division I Player and Rookie of the Month, respectively, for March and April, as the Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) announced the final HCA monthly honors of the season on Monday. Anderson was selected the NCHC Player of the Month and Larsson the NCHC Rookie of the Month for the final two months of the season last week, as well.
This is the first career HCA national monthly award for both Anderson and Larsson, while it doubles the NCHC’s total for the season. Miami junior Ryan Larkin and UMD junior Hunter Shepard were both named HCA National Goaltender of the Month for October and January, respectively, this season. Shepard was the runner-up for HCA National Goaltender of the Month for March and April, finishing behind Massachusetts freshman Filip Lindberg, who won the award.
Mikey Anderson, Minnesota Duluth
Anderson helped lead his team to a second straight National Championship en route to being selected the HCA National Division I Player of the Month for March and April. The Los Angeles Kings prospect tied for the national scoring lead over the final two months of the season, racking up 14 points in 12 games from the blue line (1.17 points per game).
Anderson dished out an NCAA-best 12 assists in March and April, including 10 to start the month of March during a career-long six-game point streak. Both of his goals over the final month and a half were scored in championship games, the first helping UMD win the NCHC Tournament title as Frozen Faceoff champions, and the second in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 win over UMass in the National Championship game on April 13. Anderson had a hand in all three goals to help UMD repeat as NCAA champions, assisting on the other two tallies, including the game-winner. Four of his 12 helpers in March/April set up game-winning goals, including both games of the Bulldogs’ NCHC Quarterfinal series sweep against Omaha. Half of his assists came on the power play, as well.
Anderson was named to both the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team and NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, while capturing NCHC Defenseman of the Week honors on the penultimate week of the regular season after four assists against Miami. The Honorable Mention All-NCHC selection blocked 24 shots over the final two months of the season, which tied for second nationally, while posting a +14 plus/minus, which was also second in the NCAA during March and April (behind only his teammate, Dylan Samberg). In addition, Anderson led all NCHC blue liners with 28 shots on goal. He posted a positive plus/minus in 10 of his 12 games in March/April, while he was even in the other two, one of which he fired nine shots on goal (March 9 at SCSU).
Anderson tallied a point in eight of 12 games in March and April with five multi-point contests to close the season. He ended his sophomore campaign with 27 points, second among UMD defensemen, on six goals and 21 assists in 40 games.
Filip Larsson, Denver
Backstopping his team to the Frozen Four, Larsson was named the HCA National Division I Rookie of the Month for March and April. The newest member of the Detroit Red Wings organization, who signed last Monday, led the NCAA with a .957 save percentage during the final month and a half of the season, while compiling a 1.22 goals-against average, which ranked second in the country.
Larsson posted a 5-3-0 record (.625 win percentage) in March and April, while recording three shutouts, which was second nationally during that time. The NCHC All-Rookie Team selection pitched all three of his whitewashes in the postseason, after only one in the regular season. His first shutout came in a 32-save effort to open the NCHC Playoffs against North Dakota on March 15, while he completed the sweep with a 40-save outing the next night. Larsson then combined for 50 saves in the NCAA West Regional to blank Ohio State and American International on back-to-back nights March 29-30. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA West Regional and to the All-Region Team.
Larsson compiled 223 saves and allowed only 10 goals in March and April. He finished his only season of college hockey with a 13-6-3 record, a 1.95 GAA and a .932 save percentage, to go with four shutouts. The .932 save percentage ranked sixth nationally on the season.
HCA national monthly award winners are selected from each conference’s Player, Goaltender and Rookie of the Month and are voted upon by each conference.