University of Maine junior standout Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) has been named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Month for February. Nyquist led the Black Bears to a 5-3-0 record in February, including a pair of wins over then fourth-ranked Merrimack.
Nyquist led all Black Bears in scoring in February with 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. He opened February with his first career hat trick in Maine's game against New Hampshire. He followed that up with a goal against the Wildcats the following night to finish with four goals on the weekend.
Nyquist had a goal in Maine's game against Vermont on Feb. 11 and followed that up with two goals and an assist the following night in Maine's 4-2 victory over the Catamounts. After being held scoreless in Maine's first game at UMass Lowell, he scored a pair of goals the following night including the game-winner.
Nyquist had two assists in Maine's 4-0 win over #4 Merrimack on Friday, before adding a goal and an assist the next night as Maine swept the weekend series from the Warriors.
He had four power play goals on the month and a pair of shorthanded tallies. He scored at least one point in seven of the eight games and had at least one goal in six of the eight games. In addition, he had a pair of three-point games and three two-point games.
It is the second time in his career that Nyquist has earned Hockey East Player of the Month honors, as he also received the honor in December of 2009.
Nyquist leads Maine in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points. He has five power play goals on the season and two shorthanded goals.
Nyquist and the Black Bears return to action on Friday, March 4 when they travel to UMass to begin the final series of the 2010-2011 regular season with the Minutemen. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.