UNO's Walters Named National Player of Month
CHN Staff Report
Nebraska-Omaha forward Ryan Walters, who posted the finest month ever for a Mavericks player with 15 points to help his team to a perfect 7-0-0 record, has been named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month for November.
A 6-foot, 196-pound junior from Rosemount, Minn., Walters scored six goals and set up nine others for 15 points in just seven games, posted multiple-point games in six straight outings, fired 31 shots on goal and earned a plus-8 rating as UNO built the second-longest winning streak in school history.
After going pointless in the first game of the month, Walters scored points in his next six outings, including five straight with a goal. He scored a power-play goal and had two assists in a 5-3 win at Michigan Tech on Nov. 3 that gave UNO a sweep, had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 10 and then had another goal and two assists, including one on the game-winner, the following day as the Mavericks swept the visiting Bulldogs with a 6-3 win.
Walters then finished the month with two assists, again contributing to the game-winning goal, as the Mavericks upset No. 3-ranked Minnesota, 3-2, in Minneapolis.
Through 14 games this season, Walters leads both Nebraska Omaha and the WCHA in scoring with 20 points (6g, 14a), is tied for the league assist lead, and is ninth nationally with 1.43 points per game. He has played in 89 consecutive games during his collegiate career.
Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox was named as the HCA National Division I Rookie of the Month. Wilcox, who went 5-2-2 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, forged a six-game unbeaten streak, and allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his nine starts.