AMHERST, Mass. –
University of Massachusetts hockey sophomore defenseman Cale Makar
has been selected as the Hockey East Player of the Month for October, the league office announced on Thursday. Makar, who was a two-time Hockey East Player of the Week last month, earns the honor for the first time in his career.
The Calgary, Alberta native led Hockey East in scoring over the opening month of the season with 11 points on three goals and eight assists in six games and was +4. Makar posted at least one point in five of six contests with three multi-point games, helping the Minutemen to a 5-1-0 record, the first five-win October in program history.
Makar set a single game career-high with four points on two goals and two assists in the season opener vs. Rensselaer on Oct. 12, marking the first time a UMass skater had a four-point game since Oct. 16, 2015 and first time UMass defenseman had four points in a game since Nov. 18, 2006. He also had a three-point night to help UMass upset then-No. 1 ranked Ohio State on the road, 6-3 on Oct. 19.
Last weekend as the Minutemen opened up Hockey East play with a sweep of Merrimack, Makar assisted UMass' game-tying extra attacker goal against the Warriors with 27 seconds to go in regulation, a game the Minutemen went on to win in overtime.
Makar is currently tied for third in the country in points and tied for fifth in assists, while sharing the national lead in defenseman scoring. His efforts over the opening month of the season have led the Minutemen to sit in the top-10 in the nation in scoring defense (t-10th), scoring margin (t-7th), power play (3rd), penalty kill (t-7th) and combined special teams (2nd).
This past Monday, UMass moved up to No. 11 in the USCHO.com Poll and cracked the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll in the No. 11 spot as well, the highest ranking for the Minutemen since November 30, 2009 (No. 9).