First star — Brody Hoffman, Vermont
Hoffman helped the Catamounts upset Boston College in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. In the first game Friday night, Hoffman came in as a replacement after Vermont fell behind 4-0. He didn’t allow a goal in almost 35 minutes of action while making 12 saves as the Catamounts fell, 4-2.
In the Saturday night elimination game, Hoffman made 39 saves while allowing only one goal in a 3-1 victory. In Sunday’s finale, he turned away all 36 shots in shutting out the Eagles in a 1-0 victory for his first shutout of the season. He compiled a .989 save percentage with 87 saves for the weekend and only one goal allowed and a 0.39 goals against average.
Second star — Jack Eichel, Boston University
The freshman phenom Eichel led the Terriers to a first round sweep of Merrimack in the Hockey East playoffs.
In Friday night’s first round game, Eichel scored two goals, including the game winner in addition to an assist as BU posted a 6-2 victory. In the Saturday night finale, he had three assists, including one on the game winner as the Terriers won 5-0. For the weekend, Eichel had six points on two goals and four assists, while registering 14 shots on goal and a plus-6 rating. He is the nation’s leading scorer with 61 points on 20 goals and 41 assists.
Third star — Blake Coleman, Miami (Ohio)
Coleman had a big weekend as the RedHawks took the first round NCHC playoffs series with Western Michigan. In the opening game of the series, Coleman scored two goals, including the game winner, while also adding two assists in a 5-3 victory. In Saturday’s 7-5 loss to the Broncos, Coleman had two points on a goal and an assist. In the series clinching 4-0 victory on Sunday, Coleman added another goal and an assist to lead the way for the RedHawks. For the weekend, Coleman finished with eight points on four goals and four assists, while putting nine shots on goal and finishing with a plus-2 rating. On the season, he has 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists.