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3 Stars of the Week: Dec. 1-7, 2014

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Garret Ross, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G

Ross netted his second hat trick of the season in Rockford’s 4-3 overtime loss to Lake Erie on Dec. 7. The 2012 fourth-round pick also scored in a 4-0 win at Milwaukee on Thursday; with his four tallies last week, he now leads Rockford with 10 goals and ranks second with 17 points in 25 games. Ross is the only player in the AHL with more than one hat trick this season, and Rockford leads the league with three hat tricks so far in 2014-15 (Mark McNeill has the other one).

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

2nd Star: D T.J. Brennan, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Brennan took over the IceHogs scoring lead after posting a goal and two helpers in three games last week, including two points in Rockford’s 4-0 win in Milwaukee on Dec. 4. Last season’s AHL Defenseman of the Year now has points in 14 of his last 17 tilts, including four multi-point outings. Brennan’s 20 points this season rank fourth among league defensemen.

(Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

3rd Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 5A

Hinostroza racked up five helpers in two games as Notre Dame swept their weekend series at UMass by a combined score of 11-5. The 2012 sixth-round pick picked up a pair of assists in Friday’s 7-5 win, then collected three more the next night in a 4-0 win. The Bartlett, Ill., native shares the team lead with 12 assists and shares third with 14 points this season.

Honorable mentions: C Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10), C Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota (NCHC)

After compiling a goal and two assists for the Wolverines the previous week, Motte tacked on four more assists in Michigan’s only game of the weekend, a big 8-3 win over BIG10 rival Ohio State. Michigan has now won six of their last seven games, and Motte has climbed to fourth on the team with 14 points (5G, 9A) in 14 games this season.

Nick Schmaltz, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick in 2014, contributed four assists in two games for North Dakota last weekend, helping the nation’s top-ranked team sweep Lake Superior State over the weekend. After missing three weeks with an injury, Schmaltz is now on a four-game point streak (1G, 5A).

Around the system:

  • Jack Ramsey extended his season-long point streak to six games with a goal and two assists in three games last week for Penticton in the BCHL. The Vees alternate captain, a 2014 draft pick, has seven points (4G, 3A) dating back to Nov. 22 and ranks sixth on the team with 24 points in 31 games this season... Fellow 2014 pick Luc Snuggerud contributed an assist in each of his two outings for Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend; the freshman defenseman now has five points (1G, 4A) in 14 games.

  • Chris Calnan netted a pair of goals for Boston College in a 4-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, marking his second multi-goal game of the season. The 2012 third-round pick now shares the team lead with seven goals and shares second with 10 points in his sophomore campaign with the Eagles... Anthony Louis extended his point streak to three games with three assists in two games for Miami, as the RedHawks split their weekend series with UNO. The 2013 sixth-round pick shares second on the team with 11 helpers and ranks fifth with 14 points in 16 games this season ... Fellow 2013 pick Luke Johnson posted a goal and an assist in two games for North Dakota over the weekend; he now has nine points (4G, 5A) in 17 games this season.

  • Teuvo Teravainen is starting to pile up the assists in Rockford, notching three in three games for the IceHogs last week. The 2012 first-rounder assisted on two of Ross’ three hat trick goals on Sunday and now ranks second on the team with 13 helpers in 23 games this season ... Phillip Danault also picked up three assists in three games, including two in Rockford’s 4-0 win over the Admirals on Thursday.

  • Defenseman Ville Pokka picked up two assists in three games for the IceHogs and now has six points (3G, 3A) in his last six games; he ranks second among team blueliners with 11 points (5G, 6A) in 19 games in his AHL debut.... With Scott Darling recalled to Chicago, goaltender Michael Leighton has taken over in net for Rockford, starting all three games last week. The 34-year-old made 19 saves to post his second shutout of the year on Thursday at Milwaukee; he stopped 70 of 77 shots in total, improving his record to 6-4-1-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 13 appearances.
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