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Kovacs Named NCHC Player of the Month

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 12/31/2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Western Michigan junior forward Justin Kovacs has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Month for December.

Kovacs (Grosse Point Woods, Mich./Cedar Rapids, USHL) finished the month with six points on four goals and two assists in six games and helped the Broncos to a 3-3-0 record during December. His four goals tied him for third nationally during the stretch and tied him with teammate Josh Pitt for the most goals scored by a NCHC player.

He was held scoreless in the first game of the month, a 3-2 loss to North Dakota, and then rattled off his six points over the next five games. He had a three-game goal scoring streak in games against North Dakota and two against Minnesota-Duluth.

Kovacs ended the month with an assist in WMU’s 3-2 overtime win over No. 3 Michigan in the Great Lakes Invitational Semifinals and then netted the game-winning goal in overtime to claim the GLI Championship over Michigan Tech. He was also one of four Broncos named to the GLI All-Tournament Team.

This is the second straight month in which a Bronco has been named NCHC Player of the Month after Shane Berschbach claimed the award in November after registering 15 points in eight games.