Feb. 5, 2010
Senior forward Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) is the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for January. Johnson registered 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points and posted a +12 rating to lead the Pioneers to a 9-0-2 record. He becomes only the second Pioneer to take home the award after Pierre-Luc O'Brien did it in 2006.
Johnson's effort lifted him to the national lead in goals (21) and goals-per game (.81) and a tie for sixth with 36 points. Johnson also tallied three power-play goals, two game-winning goals and seven multiple-point games. He set the SHU record for goals in a season, which previously stood at 19. The Pioneers held a 4-9-2 record prior to January and now sit at 13-9-4 and are in fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey Association with their current 12-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest in school history.
Johnson, a Windsor, Conn., native, who played juniors with the Springfield Jr. Falcons (EJHL), was named AHA Player of the Week on Jan. 25 after recording a five-point weekend, including the game-winning goal, in a win and tie with Canisius. Johnson’s other game-winning goal came Jan. 2 in the first of two wins over Air Force. He has recorded at least one goal in the Pioneers’ last seven games.