One day after picking up the NCHC’s top player award for February, junior Josh Archibald was named the National Player of the Month by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association.
Archibald was the top-scoring player in all of Division I hockey, scoring 10 goals and 16 points in eight games last month. He averaged two points and 1.25 goals per game in February, leading the NCAA in both categories. He is currently second in the nation with 28 goals behind only Johnny Gaudreau (30) of Boston College who has played in two more games.
He currently leads the NCHC in goals and points (41), both career highs. He also ranks first in the conference and in an eight-way tie for seventh in the NCAA with five game-winning goals. He has eight powerplay goals this season to rank second in the NCHC.
Archibald began the month with three assists in an 8-6 win over St. Cloud State on Feb. 1. The following weekend, he scored a natural hat trick, his second hat trick of the season, and added an assist in a 6-3 win at North Dakota on Feb. 8. The native of Brainerd, Minn. returned home to net a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over Denver on Feb. 14.
At Western Michigan on Feb. 21, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win and then had two more goals in a 5-3 loss the following night. For his efforts at WMU, he was named the NCHC Offensive Players of the Week.
He finished the month with two goals and an assist in a 6-0 win over Colorado College on Feb. 28. His second goal on Feb. 28 set a new school record for goals in a season (28). He had three multiple-goal games during February and has five in the last 12 games dating back to January.
Archibald and the Mavericks finish the regular season on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at Minnesota Duluth. Both games begin at 7:07p.m. Their magic number to clinch home ice advantage in the first round of the NCHC Playoffs is one.