Michigan State junior goalie Jeff Lerg, who backstopped the Spartans to a 5-0-3 record and posted a career-best shutout streak of 190:54, is a unanimous choice as the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for January.
Lerg, a 21-year old native of Livonia, posted a 1.32 goals-against average and .959 save percentage while sweeping all four CCHA Goaltender of the Week awards in January. He’s led the Spartans to the nation’s current longest unbeaten streak (5-0-3) and an undefeated run of 12 games (9-0-3) in conference action. The 5-foot-6, 155-pound product of the Omaha Lancers (USHL), who has lowered his GAA by half a goal in the past eight games, leads the nation in minutes played (1574:05) and ranks fifth among netminders in percentage of his team’s minutes played.
Lerg boasts a 0.81 GAA and .971 SV %. in his team’s last six contests, which includes two games each against No. 6 Notre Dame, Ohio State and No. 1 Michigan. Lerg allowed just 10 goals overall in January and only two goals in four road games while pitching shutouts at Ohio State on Jan. 19 and at Michigan on Jan. 25 for the first back-to-back shutouts of his career. His two shutouts in January give him eight for his career, which is fourth-best in team history.