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Posted on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 4:24 p.m.

Shawn Hunwick and Alex Guptill named CCHA players of the month

By Pete Cunningham

A young gun and an elder statesman from the Michigan hockey team were both named CCHA players of the month on Wednesday.

Fifth-year senior Shawn Hunwick,, 24, was named CCHA goaltender of the month and freshman forward Alex Guptill, 19, was named rookie of the month.

Hunwick appeared in all but one game for the Wolverines during the month of January, posting a 4-1-0 record with one shutout, a 1.08 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage.

He posted victories in his first three appearances, allowing just two goals total over that span. The 5-7, 166-pound goaltender made a career-high 46 saves, for his third shutout of the season, on Jan. 13 at Ohio State before leading Michigan to a 4-1 over the Buckeyes at the Frozen Diamond Faceoff on Jan. 15.

Hunwick is currently tied for seventh in country in shutouts (three), ranks ninth in save percentage (.928) and is 12th in goals-against average (2.17). The Sterling Heights native was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Jan. 16.

Guptill scored a team-high 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in six games in January, helping the Wolverines to a 4-1-1 team mark. He notched points in all six games.

The 6-3, 189-pound forward earned four straight multiple-point games from Jan. 6 to Jan. 15 and has scored a goal in each of his last five contests.

The Newmarket, Ontario, native leads all NCAA freshmen in goals (14) and ranks third nationally in points (26) among first-year players, while leading Michigan overall in both categories. Guptill was honored as the CCHA Postgame Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 16.