WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Freshman forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for November. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by the league office. Downing earns the award for the first time in his career and becomes the first Wildcat since Kevin Goumas (February 2011) to win this award.
Downing recorded five goals and four assists for nine points in seven November games; other statistics included a .385 shooting percentage, one power-play goal and a +3 rating. He ranked first on the team in shooting percentage and second in goals. Downing tallied a point in four of seven games with three multiple-point efforts. He tallied personal bests in goals (two), assists (two) and points (four) Nov. 22 at Harvard. He followed that with a two-point performance (1g, 1a) against Alabama-Huntsville. Downing opened November with two points (1g, 1a) against UMass.
Downing and New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 2 at UMass-Lowell. The Wildcats' next home game is Dec. 3 against those River Hawks to conclude the home-and-home series. Both games begin at 7 p.m.