The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that sophomore forward Jeff LoVecchio of Western Michigan University has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for January.
LoVecchio, a 21-year old from Chesterfield, Mo., began the month of January by assisting on the lone Broncos goal in a 5-1 loss at Bowling Green on Jan. 5. The following night, LoVecchio scored his first shorthanded goal of the season to help Western Michigan earn a road split with a 5-0 victory.
Western Michigan then began an eight-game homestand by hosting the top two teams in the CCHA, Miami and Notre Dame, on consecutive weekends. LoVecchio tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to the No. 3-ranked RedHawks on Jan. 12 before scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-3 Broncos win on Jan. 13 to earn a split while finishing +6 for the series. LoVecchio registered his second shorthanded goal of the season and added an assist in a 3-2 win over No. 3-ranked Notre Dame on Jan. 19 and recorded a team-high seven shots in a 3-0 loss to the Irish the following night.
Western Michigan ended the month on a three-game winning streak with a conference victory over Ferris State and home-ice sweep of Alabama-Huntsville. LoVecchio scored the game-winning goal, tallied an assist and was +3 in a game for the third time in January in a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs on Jan. 23. He recorded his fifth multi-point game of January with two goals in a 6-5 overtime win against the Chargers on Jan. 27.
For the month, LoVecchio finished with nine goals and eight assists in nine games while leading the Broncos to a 6-3-0 record. He averaged 1.56 point-per game and recorded two shorthanded goals, a game-winning goal and a +12 rating.
Special mention for RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month goes to Notre Dame senior goaltender David Brown, Michigan sophomore forward Andrew Cogliano, Michigan State junior forward Bryan Lerg, Ohio State junior forward Dominic Maiani, Nebraska-Omaha senior forward Scott Parse and Northern Michigan junior forward Mike Santorelli.