Shine tops in WCHA for January

By Journal Sports Staff

EDINA, Minn. — Senior forward Dominik Shine of the Northern Michigan University hockey team has been named the WCHA Player of the Month for January, the league office announced Friday.

He earned his third WCHA monthly award after leading the nation with 1.17 goals per game during January.

Shine finished the month with seven goals, good for first in the WCHA and third in NCAA Division I. He was the only player in the nation’s top 10 scorers who appeared in just six games.

He kicked off January by capturing his first WCHA weekly award this season on the strength of a four-goal weekend against Lake Superior State. After finding the back of the net once in a 3-2 loss on Jan. 6, he registered a hat trick to propel the Wildcats to a 6-4 victory the next night.

While he was held without a point in a follow-up series against the Lakers, Shine was the hero in the Wildcats’ first shootout victory of the season on Jan. 14. He scored the lone goal of the shootout, helping NMU secure two points that night.

Shine then picked up his second WCHA Offensive Player of the Week nod for leading the Wildcats to a home sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. In a 6-1 rout on Jan. 20, he posted his second hat trick of the season, which was followed by notching the primary assist on Gerard Hanson’s game-winning goal in the series finale.

Shine scored two of his goals on the power play and one shorthanded. He also finished the month among the WCHA leaders in plus-minus rating, tied for second at plus-5; goals per shots on goal, third at .280; points, tied for fourth with eight; and shots on goal, tied for fifth with 25.

Last season, the WCHA began to award Player and Rookie of the Month awards. Shine was honored as the Player of the Month in December 2015 and February 2016.

The WCHA Rookie of the Month was awarded to freshman Max Humitz of LSSU.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@