by Amy Moritz
Shane Conacher finished his freshman season at Canisius College with some incredibly strong performances in the playoffs. Hence, he caps off the season being named Atlantic Hockey's Rookie of the Month.
Not a bad way to end the year after a bad luck start. Conacher missed nine games after his jaw was broken in the season opener at Niagara.
He found his stride as the season progressed and came into his own in seven post season games where he posted eight points (three goals, five assists) and was a plus-8.
His first career game-winning goal came in his first collegiate playoff game as the Golden Griffins swept Sacred Heart int he first round.
He was instrumental in the Griffs' third-period rally in an elimination game second-seeded Bentley. He had three points, a goal and two assists, as the Griffs rallied from a 4-1 deficit for a dramatic 5-4 double-overtime win in Game 2. He then picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the decisive Game 3.
At the Atlantic Hockey Final Four in Rochester, he had two assists in the semifinal win over top-seeded Mercyhurst and scored a third-period goal against Robert Morris in the title game.
Conacher finished his rookie season with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 32 games.