COLUMBUS, Ohio Dustin Carlson, a sophomore goalie for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, is the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for November, the group announced Friday. During November, Carlson, from Forest Lake, Minn., posted a 6-1 record, with a 1.47 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and three shutouts. His selection as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Month for November made him a candidate for the national honor.
In games Carlson started during November, Carlson was 6-1-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Overall on the month, he had a 1.47 gaa and .954 save percentage. After playing in relief in the team’s first game of the month, he started the remaining seven games. Carlson allowed 11 goals in the month, making 229 saves, with six goals coming on the power play.
Carlson’s three shutouts come over the span of five games. He made 21 saves to blank Michigan State Nov. 7, stopped all 32 shots he faced to top Robert Morris Nov. 14 and made 29 saves in a 2-0 win at Northern Michigan Nov. 22.
Carlson had four games with more than 30 saves, including a career-best 44 saves in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 29, when he stopped the last 34 he faced (20 in the third period). He had 36 at Northern Michigan Nov. 21 in a 3-1 loss and 36 in a 4-3 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28.
He was named the league goalie of the week after holding Michigan State to just one goal in a two-game series sweep Nov. 7-8 and he had his first-career assist vs. Michigan State Nov. 8.
Carlson’s goals-against average and save percentage were third in the league in the month although he played nearly twice the number of minutes of the Top 2 goalies. Nationally, his save percentage was third in November (behind the same CCHA goalies) and his goals-against average was seventh. Carlson’s season goals-against average dropped from 3.80 in his first game of the month to 2.23 to end the month. His save percentage improved from .863 to .928. He has an overall record of 7-3 on the year.
Carlson is the second Buckeye to be named the national player of the month, joining current Columbus Blue Jacket R.J. Umberger, who was honored in December 2002.
Ohio State returns to action with a non-conference game vs. Robert Morris at 4 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Ohio State vs. Robert Morris contest Saturday is a doubleheader with an American Hockey League game between the host Lake Erie Monsters and the Iowa Chops. One ticket will provide fans entry to both contests. Ohio State and Robert Morris fans can purchase discounted tickets at http://www.theqarena.com/store/osurmu.html. Fans can receive a $3 discount on tickets by entering the special offer code, BUCKEYES, when ordering.