Third star — Chris Maniccia, UMass Lowell
Maniccia helped lead the River Hawks to a home and home sweep of New Hampshire with five points on three goals and two assists. In Friday’s series opener he had an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout of UNH. In the Saturday finale, Maniccia had a hat trick and an assist in the 8-2 win in completing the sweep of the Wildcats.
For the weekend, Maniccia — a St. Catharines, Ontario, native — had five shots on goal and was a combined plus-5. He is now the team’s leading scorer with eight points on four goals and four assists after only scoring 10 points as a freshman last season.
Second star — Jason Kasdorf, Rensselaer
Kasdorf, a junior backstop from Winnipeg, Manitoba, led the Engineers to a two-game, upset sweep of rival and previously second-ranked Union College. Rensselaer entered the weekend on a five-game losing streak. In the first game on Friday, Kasdorf allowed only one goal in the 6-1 win, while making 24 saves. In the series finale, Kasdorf again allowed only one goal while corralling 34 saves, this time in a 2-1 overtime win. He finished the weekend with a 0.98 goals against average and a .967 save percentage. Entering Friday night’s game against Harvard, he has a 2.51 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
First star — Nate Arentz, Bemidji State
Arentz, a sophomore forward, registered five points on three goals and two assists in a two-game sweep of Alaska. He scored the game-winner in a 6-1 win on Friday to go along with an assist, in addition to finishing with a plus-5 rating. On Saturday he had an assist on the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Nanooks in addition to two goals in regulation. For the weekend, he tallied five points, six shots and was a plus-6. Entering the weekend, Arentz — a Lakeville, Minnesota, native — had only scored one point in the season’s first four games.