UND's Kawaguchi, Scheel get monthly NCHC honors

North Dakota steamrolled to an impressive 8-0-1 mark in the month of November and had two standout individuals receive National Collegiate Hockey Conference monthly honors. Junior Jordan Kawaguchi was the league’s Player of the Month while sophomore Adam Scheel was tabbed the Goalie of the Month. Both will now be eligible for HCA National Players of the Month accolades.

Kawaguchi put up ridiculous numbers in the month of November, collecting 16 points in the month on six goals and 10 assists. The Abbotsford, B.C., native registered at least a point in eight of the nine games, with five multi-point outings. Kawaguchi’s six goals in November also led the NCHC and tied for ninth nationally, four of which were game-winning goals, including the final three games of the month, as he also led the NCAA in game-winners in November. He handed out 10 assists as well (three on game-winners), which rank second in the NCHC and tie for sixth in the country.

Scheel played every minute in net for North Dakota and is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak heading into this week. His eight wins in the month were three more than any other NCHC netminder in November and ranked second nationally, while his .944 win percentage was third in the country. He led the NCHC with a .918 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average in November, while allowing only one goal in five of his nine games during the month. The 1.75 GAA was 12th nationally in November, as well.

He helped UND to a pair of momentous road series wins, including a North Dakota's first series win in Magness Arena (Denver) since 2003-04 and UND's sweep of Minnesota at Mariucci, the school's first sweep since 2006-07 of the Gophers.

Both players have been recognized by with NCHC weekly honors three times this season, leading third-ranked North Dakota to a 12-1-2 start and a first-place showing in the early league standings at 5-0-1-1.

The Fighting Hawks travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., this week to take on 17th-ranked Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday.

(UND Athletics)

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