Western Michigan’s Kovacs posts seven assists in weekend play, earns top star

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Minnesota State-Mankato Athletics

Third star — Stephon Williams, MSU-Mankato

Williams was perfect in net for the Mavericks on the weekend as he posted shutouts in both games against conference foe Lake Superior State. In the Friday night series opener, Williams stopped all 24 Laker shots as Minnesota State-Mankato registered a 7-0 victory. In the Saturday night series finale, Williams, the Fairbanks, Alaska native, turned away all 21 shots in a 3-0 win, marking the first time all season that Lake Superior had been shut out in a series.

Williams has allowed more than three goals in only one game all season and has compiled a 1.52 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

Providence Athletics

Second star — Jon Gillies, Providence

Gillies, Providence’s junior goaltender, posted back-to-back shutouts in two contests during the week. In a midweek non-conference game against Army, Gillies — the South Portland, Maine native — stopped 22 shots as the Friars blanked Army 3-0. In the Saturday night shutout of Boston College in a Hockey East battle, Gillies saved all 43 shots in leading the Friars to a 1-0 win. Gillies extended his hot streak on the weekend as he has allowed only one goal in his past four starts. On the season, he has a 1.87 goals against average and a .940 save percentage.

Western Michigan Athletics

First Star — Justin Kovacs, Western Michigan

Kovacs, a senior from Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, was named the Shillelagh Tournament Most Outstanding Player after registering seven assists in the Broncos two games in South Bend, Indiana. In the Friday night opening round game against Ohio State, Kovacs had two assists in the 6-2 victory, including a helper on the game-winning goal. In Saturday night’s championship game, Kovacs became the first Western Michigan player to register at least five points in a game in more than 10 years as he had five assists in an 8-2 victory against Union in leading the Broncos to the tournament title. For the weekend, Kovacs had seven assists, five shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.

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