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Scottsdale native Newkirk named Hockey East women’s co-Player of the Month


Three Boston College women’s hockey players earned Hockey East monthly honors for January on Thursday as the league recognized the trio for their stellar play during the last month.

Boston College junior forward Makenna Newkirk is the Warrior Hockey East Player of the Month, sharing the honor with Boston University’s Victoria Bach.


Newkirk, a Scottsdale native, claimed HEA Player of the Month honors for January for the second straight year.

In 10 games this year, she tied for the national lead in points with 22, matching teammate Daryl Watts‘ total, and also led all players in the country in assists (16). Newkirk netted three game-winning goals in January while posting points in eight of 10 games, including six multiple-point efforts. Newkirk also recorded a .646 faceoff winning percentage with 135 draw wins – most in the country – while her 17 blocked shots were the most among Hockey East forwards in January.

On Jan. 2 at Merrimack, Newkirk posted a four-point day (two goals, two assists), and followed that up with a career-best five-point day (one goal, four assists) against New Hampshire on Jan. 5. She added a one-goal, one-assist effort against Northeastern on Jan. 12, before registering four assists on the road against the Huskies the following day on Jan. 13 in a 5-4 overtime win. In that game, she also created an offensive-zone turnover and resulting assist on Toni Ann Miano‘s game-winning goal.

On Jan. 16 against Harvard, she posted a three-point effort (one goal, two assists) that included the game-winning goal, before adding a two-point day in the 5-0 win over No. 10 Providence on Jan. 26.

Overall, this is Newkirk’s third career Hockey East monthly honor, and her second player of the month award.

Photo/Boston College Athletics

(Feb. 1, 2018)

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