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Robert Morris

Notes from the rink: Tonge, Curlett take January honors

Alex Tonge skates in the 2017 Three Rivers Classic. -- JENN HOFFMAN

Robert Morris winger Alex Tonge has been named the Atlantic Hockey conference’s Player of the Month for January.

Tonge, a junior, led the entire NCAA with 2.20 points per game in the month of January. He had 11 points, with five goals and six assists in five games played. His five goals came on just 10 shots, giving him an NCAA-best shooting percentage of 50 for January.

On the season, Tonge has 11 goals and 18 assists in 26 games heading into this weekend’s series at Sacred Heart.

The award is the first monthly conference honor in Tonge’s career.

THE ROOKIE

On the women’s side, first-year defender Emily Curlett won the College Hockey America Rookie of the Month Award.

Curlett had four assists and seven points in January. On the season, she has seven goals and 16 points, tying her with teammate Lexi Templeman for second place among CHA rookies.

She also leads all CHA defenders with 62 blocked shots on the season.

The Robert Morris women are idle this week.

Emily Curlett looks for a shot against Mercyhurst. — JENN HOFFMAN

PETERSEN PICKS UP D3 RECOGNITION

Chatham Cougars senior defender Kasandra Petersen was named to the D3Hockey.com team of the week after her assist last weekend at Neumann gave her 52 points for her career, breaking the Chatham record.

Petersen leads the Cougars in goals (10), assists (12) and points (22) this season.

The Cougars host King’s College this weekend at Alpha Ice Complex.

PANTHERS PROWLING

The Pitt women’s ice hockey team jumped up two spots in the ACHA Division 2 East Region Poll from ninth to seventh. The Panthers are 8-6 on the season and went 2-2 in January in a home-and-home with now-No. 3 Buffalo and handed the Bulls their first two losses of the season.

Pitt hosts Cal U on Saturday at 8 p.m. at McKnight Arena on the campus of Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel.

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