ALBANY, N.Y. – It was announced Wednesday afternoon that Dartmouth sophomore Charles Grant was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month for February.
The second-year netminder was outstanding in the second month of 2014, posting an unbeaten mark of 4-0-1 in five starts. His .964 save percentage was the best in the nation in February, while his 1.18 goals-against was the second best in the NCAA and the top mark in ECAC Hockey.
Grant allowed more than one goal just once in the five games and recorded his second-career shutout to conclude the month.
Most recently, Grant’s play helped the Big Green finish 10th in the league standings and the right to play No. 7 Rensselaer this weekend in the first round of the 2014 ECAC Hockey Championship.
Grant wrapped-up the month against Cornell on Feb. 28 with an historic performance at Lynah Rink, turning in a 36-save shutout. The blanking of the Big Red was the first in Ithaca by a Dartmouth team since Jan. 23, 1960, a stretch of 54 years without accomplishing the feat. It also marked just the third shutout in a road game at Cornell all-time with a 5-0 win on Feb. 7, 1927 the only other time Dartmouth has held the home team scoreless.
In his five starts, Grant needed to stop more than 30 shots on four occasions. He turned aside 39 in a 3-3 tie with No. 14 Yale on Feb. 22, a day after stopping 24 in a 2-1 overtime win against Brown, the Big Green’s first sudden-death victory in 25 months.
Grant’s first game of the month came on Feb. 14, helping Dartmouth to a 3-1 win at St. Lawrence. He backstopped the Green to their first road weekend sweep in nearly two years the following night in a 6-1 victory at Clarkson with 31 saves.
For his efforts in the North Country, Grant was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Feb. 18, his second such honor of 2013-14.