FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. —The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that junior forward Dirk Southern of Northern Michigan University has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for February.
Southern, a 21-year old from Winnipeg, Man., had points in six of eight games, including three multi-point games and three game-winning goals to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1-2 record.
Southern opened February with a goal and two assists in a 6-3 victory over Alaska Fairbanks; he finished the month with a career-best five points, notching a goal and four assists, in a 6-3 win at Ferris State. The month of February also saw Southern contribute a goal and an assist in a win and a tie with Western Michigan while firing two goals and an assist in a series with Michigan Tech.
Southern is tied for the national lead with six game-winning goals on the season. His three February game winners came at home against Alaska Fairbanks and on the road during victories over Michigan Tech and Ferris State. He struck for two power-play goals and one shorthanded marker during the month as well.
Southern averaged 1.625 points-per-game during February, when he had a four-game point streak and a three-game goal streak. Overall, Southern has registered 10-17-27 in 26 games this season.
Special mention for RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month honors goes to Western Michigan junior forward Vince Bellissimo, Ohio State junior goaltender Dave Caruso, Miami sophomore forward Matt Christie, Nebraska-Omaha sophomore forward Scott Parse, Michigan State senior forward Jim Slater and Michigan junior forward Jeff Tambellini.
2004-05 RBC Financial Group Players of the Month
February - Dirk Southern, JR, F, Northern Michigan
January - Matt Beaudoin, SO, F, Ohio State
December - T.J. Hensick, SO, F, Michigan
November - Colton Fretter, JR, F, Michigan State
October - Matt Christie, SO, F, Miami