Third Star — Matt O’Connor, Boston University
O’Connor backstopped the Terriers this past weekend to an impressive sweep of Michigan and Michigan State as part of the Hockey East/Big Ten Challenge. In the Friday night contest against the Spartans, O’Connor had 29 saves in registering his first career shutout. Against the Wolverines, the junior from Toronto tallied 38 saves while only allowing two goals in the 3-2 victory.
For the weekend he had a .971 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average. The 3-0-0 Terriers play a home and home series against Providence this weekend.
Second Star — Cody Freeman, Canisius
Freeman registered three goals, including both game-winners, and an assist in a weekend sweep of American International. In the first game, the Golden Griffins and the Yellow Jackets were scoreless after two periods before pulling away for a 3-1 win which was highlighted by Freeman’s game-winner. In the Saturday night rematch, Freeman assisted on the first goal and then scored the second and third — both in the third period — in the 4-2 win. On the weekend, he had nine shots on goal and finished with a plus-2 rating. On the season, Freeman has a team-leading seven points with three goals and four assists.
First Star — Jamie Phillips, Michigan Tech
Phillips, a junior from Caldeonia, Ontario, was outstanding in net for Michigan Tech all weekend as they posted a road sweep of nationally-ranked Ferris State. In the Friday night series opener, Phillips had 33 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Bulldogs, the second of his career. In the Saturday night series finale, the Winnipeg Jets draft pick notched 34 saves, while allowing only one goal in the 2-1 victory. For the weekend he finished with a 0.50 goals against average and a .985 save percentage. On the season, he is 4-0 in net with a .954 save percentage and a 1.25 goals against average. He is one of only six goalies in the nation with at least four wins and no losses.