FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announced today that sophomoregoalie Bill Zaniboni of Northern Michigan University has been named the RBCFinancial Group CCHA Player of the Month for October.
The 23-year-old from Plymouth, Mass., who is a perfect 5-0-0 to start the season, backstopped the Wildcats to aTop 15 ranking in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and US CollegeHockey Online/CSTV polls. He posted a .969 save percentage and 0.80goals-against average in October, which represent the second-best statistics inthe nation in those categories.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Zaniboni opened the season witha shutout, the first of his career, in a 3-0 victory over St. Cloud in the Berry Events Center on Oct. 14. He stretched his career-best shutout streak 115:17, beforesurrendering a third-period goal to Michigan Tech in a 5-1 Wildcats' win onOct. 21. The following night he made 31 saves on the road in a 2-1 victory tocomplete a weekend sweep of the Huskies. During October's final weekend, hedefeated Lake Superior State twice in a home-and-home series, making a combined51 saves, including 27 stops in a Perani Cup first-star performance on Oct. 28.
The sophomore goalie, who hasbeen beaten just once in each of the past four games, ranks first in the CCHAin all three major goaltending categories:ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ wins, goals-against average andsave percentage. He appeared in five games during October and in 299:27 ofplaying time he made 124 saves while giving up just four goals.
Zaniboni is the third NMU playerhonored in the three-year history of the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of theMonth award, joining goalie Craig Kowalski (Dec. '03) and (then) junior forwardDirk Southern (Feb. '05).
Special mention for RBC FinancialGroup CCHA Player of the Month honors goes to Miami senior defenseman AndyGreene, Michigan junior forward T.J. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hensick, Michigan State sophomore forwardBryan Lerg, Bowling Green sophomore forward Jonathan Matsumoto, AlaskaFairbanks sophomore goalie Wylie Rogers, Ferris State junior forward MattVerdone and Western Michigan senior forward Brent Walton.