Former Los Angeles Jr. King Patrick Newell was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month for the month of February.
A senior forward at St. Cloud State University, Newell led the top-ranked Huskies to an unbeaten February and the Penrose Cup as the NCHC’s regular-season champions, totaling 10 points in six games to help SCSU go 5-0-1 during the month.
His 10 points and 1.67 points per game both led the NCHC while he tied for fourth in the conference with four February goals and second with six assists. Newell notched points in four games, including three multi-point outings, while firing 23 shots on goal and leading the entire NCAA with a plus-11 rating during the past month.
Newell opened February with three points in a sweep of Miami University. On Feb. 1, he notched the final goal in a 5-1 victory and a night later he dished out two assists, including one on the game-winning marker, to cap the sweep by the same score. He was named Third Star of the Game on Feb. 2.
The following weekend, Newell notched a career-high four points in a 5-4 overtime win against Colorado College on Feb. 9. He scored the game-tying goal late in the contest and the game-winner in overtime while also dishing out two assists against CC to earn First Star of the Game and NCHC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
After being held off the scoreboard in a 4-1 win Feb. 22 at Omaha, Newell bounced back with a three-point effort the next night to complete the sweep of the Mavericks and secure SCSU’s second straight Penrose Cup. He scored the final goal in the 5-0 shutout on Feb. 23 and also doled out a pair of helpers to close out his month.
On the season, Newell leads St. Cloud State in both goals (16) and points (35) while chipping in 19 assists to go along with his team-best plus-25 rating.
Newell is now eligible for Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Player of the Month, which will be announced next Wednesday.