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Triple Crown - January 2014

Tuesday, 11.02.2014 / 3:48 PM / Features
By Tyson Giuriato
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Triple Crown - January 2014
A pair of Otters and a Black Bear stood out the most last month as Dane Fox, Ben Hutton and Brendan Gaunce take the top spot\u2019s in January\u2019s Triple Crown.
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A pair of Otters and a Black Bear stood out the most last month as Dane Fox, Ben Hutton and Brendan Gaunce take the top spot’s in January’s Triple Crown.

1.) Dane Fox, Erie Otters, OHL

Fox finished the month with 18 points (10-8-18) in 12 games along with a plus-7 rating, 26 penalty-minutes and two game-winning goals. The highlight of the month for the 6-foot, 185-pounder was a four-goal, one-assist effort against Owen Sound on January 11th. One week later Fox scored his 49th, 50th and 51st goals of the season against Windsor. Through 51 games thus far, Fox has 88 points (53-35-88) which ranks second in the OHL; his 53 goals rank first in the league; his 17 power-play goals are tied for first; his eight game-winners are tied for second; his 101 penalty-minutes are tied for fourth, and his plus-35 rating is tied for sixth.

2.) Ben Hutton, Maine, NCAA

Hutton continues to make people shake their heads as to why he was available in the fifth round of the draft. The product of Prescott, Ontario picked up six points (2-4-6) in six games last month along with a plus-2 rating. Six points in six games may not seem like a lot, but picking up points in the NCAA isn’t easy, especially as a sophomore defenseman. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has 20 points (9-11-20) and is plus-9 through 24 games this season and is currently fourth in Hobey Baker Award fan voting. Go vote for him now, and once every 24 hours.

3.) Brendan Gaunce, Erie Otters, OHL

Gaunce posted 15 points (5-10-15) in 12 games last month along with a plus-11 rating. The Markham, Ontario product has been as consistent as they come this season, only going more than two straight games without a point twice all year. Since joining the Otters, Gaunce has 29 points (13-16-29) games along with a plus-21 rating. Through 48 total games this year, the Canucks first-round pick in 2012 has netted 55 points (23-32-55), 51 penalty-minutes and a plus-16 rating.

Honourable Mention: Anton Cederholm, Portland Winterhawks, WHL

Cederholm was a plus/minus wrecking ball for the Winterhawks this past month, registering a plus-12 rating along with three assists and 24 penalty-minutes, including two fighting majors. Cederholm had spent most of the season on a pairing with Derrick Pouliot but is now paired up with Minnesota prospect Matt Dumba on a very deep Portland blue line. Through 52 games this year, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has 13 points (2-11-13), is a plus-26, which is second on the team, and has 70 penalty-minutes, including five scraps.

-After participating at the World Juniors, Bo Horvat joined the London Knights for the last nine games of the month, posting 10 points (5-5-1) and a plus-1 rating. Through 38 games this season, the Rodney, Ontario product has netted 54 points (21-33-54) in 38 games along with a plus-19 rating.

-Cole Cassels finished January with 10 points (4-6-10) in 11 games along with a minus-2 rating and one fighting major. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has 51 points (17-34-51) in 45 games so far this season with the Oshawa Generals and is also plus-7 with 70 penalty-minutes.

-Defenseman Evan McEneny had a strong month for the Kingston Frontenacs, finishing with nine points (1-8-9), 17 penalty-minutes and a plus-2 rating in 13 games. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder also picked up his second fighting major of the season. In 28 games since joining Kingston, McEneny has 18 points (3-15-18) in 28 games along with a plus-7 rating and 43 penalty-minutes.

-Jordan Subban finished the month with six points (3-3-6) and a minus-1 rating in 12 games for the Belleville Bulls. The 5-foot-9 defenceman scored the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Windsor on January 4th. Subban has 34 points (10-24-34) through 49 games this year and is one of only three players on the Bulls with a positive plus/minus.

-Joseph Labate racked up five points (3-2-5) in seven games last month along with an even plus/minus. In 24 games, the 6-foot-6 forward has netted 17 points (9-8-17) in 24 games and is minus-2.

-Miles Liberati scored two goals in 13 games this past month and was also a minus-3 for the North Bay Battalion. The Cheswick, Pennsylvania product also picked up his first fighting major of the season and second of his career. Through 49 games this season, the 6-foot, 195-pounder has seven points (4-3-7) and an even plus/minus.

-Defenseman Mike Williamson had one assist in four games for Penn State in January. Through 14 games this season, the Leduc, Alberta product has four points (1-3-4), 23 penalty-minutes and is minus-5.

-Matt Beattie picked up two penalty-minutes in four games with Yale last month. The 6-foot-3 forward has four points (2-2-4) and is plus-3 with 17 penalty-minutes through 16 games this year.

-Patrick McNally finished the month with three assists in seven games with Harvard and was also a minus-4. In 14 games to date, the blue-liner has eight points (1-7-8) and is minus-6.