Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas has been named the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) National College Hockey Player of the Month, as announced by the HCA on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Anas led all freshmen in points (16), points per game (1.60) and tied for most goals (6) and assists(10), while guiding the Bobcats to a 7-1-2 record. He began the month the same way he ended the month, earning ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors. He recorded a five-point weekend in road wins at Colgate (11/1) and Cornell (11/2). The five points were the most among all Division I skaters for the weekend, while his four assists also led the country in the weekend's games to earn the league's rookie honors. He was tabbed with Rookie of the Week awards again after posting one-goal, one-assist outings in a 3-0 win at Princeton (11/22) and in a 4-3 loss at home to the Tigers (11/23).
The Potomac, Maryland native excelled in eight ECAC Hockey games, in which Quinnipiac was 6-1-1, leading all freshmen in goals (4), assists (8), points (12), assists per game (1.00), points per game (1.50), power-play goals (1), power-play assists (3) and power play points (4). He currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (12), power play goals (4), points (24), and game-winning goals (3).
Anas had a five-game point streak to start the month (2g, 6a) and is currently on a four-game point streak which has seen him tally a goal and an assist in each game, giving him a point in 12 of his last 13 games. For the year, he has totaled 12 goals and 12 assists for a team-high 24 points - good for the national lead for all freshmen while ranking tied for third among all skaters.