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3 Stars of the Week: Feb. 2-8, 2015

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Richard Gagnon/Notre Dame Athletics)

1st Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 4A

Hinostroza extended his recent hot streak with six points in two games last weekend, as the Fighting Irish went 1-0-1 at Maine. The 2012 sixth-round pick notched three helpers in Friday’s 4-4 tie, including one on the game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation, then posted two goals and an assist the next night. Hinostroza’s seven-game point streak (3G, 11A) has propelled him to the top of Notre Dame’s scoring table; he now has six goals and a team-high 25 helpers in 30 games.

(Photo courtesy University of Vermont Athletics)

2nd Star: D Michael Paliotta, University of Vermont (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 3A

Paliotta picked up points in both of Vermont’s games against the University of New Hampshire, leading the Catamounts to a weekend split. The 2011 third-round pick assisted on both of Vermont’s first-period goals in a 5-2 win on Friday, then tallied a goal and an assist – both on the power play – in a 6-3 loss the next night. Paliotta leads the team and ranks third among all NCAA defensemen with 27 points (8G, 19A) in 28 games during his senior campaign.

(Steve Musco/Yale Athletics)

3rd Star: C John Hayden, Yale (ECAC)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 2A

Hayden continued to lead the Bulldogs offensively, compiling points in both of Yale’s conference games last weekend. The 2013 third-round pick assisted on the game-winner and added an insurance goal in a 3-0 win over Harvard on Friday; he notched an assist the next nigh in a 6-4 loss to Dartmouth. Hayden paces Yale with 16 points (5G, 11A) in 20 games this season.

Honorable mentions: D Sam Jardine, Ohio State (BIG10); RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford (AHL)

Jardine posted an assist for Ohio State on Friday, then tallied his first goal of the season the next night, although the Buckeyes dropped both games of their weekend set at Minnesota. The 2011 sixth-rounder now leads team blueliners with nine points in 21 games this season.

Hartman keyed Rockford’s comeback attempt in Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee, collecting a goal and an assist late in the third period as the IceHogs narrowed the gap to one goal before eventually falling 7-5. Hartman shares seventh on the team with 18 points (8G, 10A) in 47 games.

Around the system:

  • Fredrik Olofsson, a 2014 draft pick, extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist in two games with the Chicago Steel last week. He scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season on Feb. 6, the team’s only goal in a 4-1 loss at Sioux Falls, and added an assist in a 5-3 loss at Sioux City the next day. Olofsson ranks second on the team with 38 points in 36 games.

  • A pair of Blackhawks prospects skated amidst the elements at Soldier Field as part of the Hockey City Classic on Feb. 7. Michigan sophomore Tyler Motte contributed a helper in the Wolverines’ 4-1 win over Michigan State; he now ranks third on the team with 17 helpers and shares third with 24 points in 22 games this season... Anthony Louis led Miami with even shots on goal – but was held off the scoresheet – as the RedHawks held off a late Western Michigan charge to win 4-3 in their outdoor contest. The Winfield, Ill., native ranks fourth on the team with 19 points (5G, 14A) in 23 games during his sophomore campaign.

  • Ville Pokka picked up a pair of assists in Rockford’s 7-5 loss to Milwaukee and now ranks second among team defensemen with 19 points (6G, 13A) in 42 games this season... Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault each tallied a goal in that game on Saturday, while Ryan Schnell posted a goal and an assist... There was plenty of points to go around on Saturday; not so much in the previous night’s 4-1 decision, as Cody Bass and Klas Dahlbeck connected for the IceHogs’ lone goal against the Admirals.

  • Goaltender Mac Carruth extended his winning streak to nine games, prevailing in both of his starts for the Indy Fuel last week. The 2010 seventh-round pick made a combined 53 saves on 57 shots, improving his numbers to 10-9-2-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 24 games this season.

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