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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

NMU's Ellingson wins monthly honors

CCHA Press Release

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that junior goaltender Reid Ellingson of Northern Michigan has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for November. This is the first time Ellingson has earned the honor in his career.

Ellingson, a 21-year-old from Cloquet, Minn., started in seven of eight games for the Wildcats, compiling a record of 4-2-1. He led both the CCHA and the nation in goals-against average, 1.14, and save percentage, .966, for the month. He also recorded one shutout, the second of his career, while allowing just eight goals, five of which came on the power play. He recorded over 40 saves in a game twice and made 30 or more stops on three occasions.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Wildcat goaltender began the month by making 42 saves for his first win of the season, 4-1, at Lake Superior State on Nov. 5.

He blocked 26 shots in a home-ice loss to Bowling Green, 2-1, on Nov. 12, but rebounded the following night with 15 saves in the ‘Cats 5-1 defeat of the Falcons for a series split.

The rest of the month was spent on the road, starting in Alaska where Ellingson tied and beat the Nanooks, 1-1 and 2-1, on Nov. 19-20. He made 75 saves in the series and earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week honors.

The following weekend, Northern Michigan traveled to Bemidji State where, on Friday night, Ellingson stopped 37 shots as the Wildcats blanked the Beavers, 4-0. He blocked another 34 shots on Saturday in a 3-0 loss and, with 71 total saves and a .973 save percentage, earned his second straight CCHA Goaltender of the Week nod.

Special mention for RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month honors goes to Bowling Green senior goaltender Nick Eno, Ferris State senior goaltender Pat Nagle, Lake Superior sophomore forward Domenic Monardo, Miami senior forward Pat Cannone, Michigan senior forward Carl Hagelin, Michigan State sophomore defenseman Torey Krug, Notre Dame senior forward Ben Ryan, Ohio State junior forward Danny Dries and Western Michigan senior forward Max Campbell.

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