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3 Stars of the Week: Hartman and Ross pace IceHogs

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.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

Hartman played an integral role in helping Rockford win three games in three nights over the weekend. The 2013 first-round pick tallied both the game-tying and game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win over the reigning AHL champion Iowa Wild on Friday; he also led the team with seven shots on goal in the contest. Two nights later, Hartman picked up his fourth assist of the season in a 3-0 win at Chicago. He ranks eighth among roster players with eight points in 19 games in his first AHL season.

(Jon Quackenbos/Boston College)

2nd Star: RW Chris Calnan, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G 1A

Calnan netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to pace Boston College in a 5-3 win at UMass on Friday; his five goals this season lead the Eagles. The 2012 third-round pick also posted an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the University of Maine; Calnan currently ranks fifth on the team with seven points in 11 games.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

3rd Star: LW Garret Ross, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

Ross tallied twice in Rockford’s 3-0 win over the Wolves on Sunday, marking his second multi-goal game of the season. He also contributed an assist in Friday’s win over Iowa; the 2012 pick now ranks fourth on the IceHogs with 12 points (6G, 6A) in 19 games this season.

Honorable mentions: G Mac Carruth, Rockford IceHogs (AHL); G Matt Tomkins, Ohio State (BIG10)

A couple of goalie prospects achieved personal marks last week. Mac Carruth, who was recalled to Rockford to stand in for the injured Michael Leighton, made 23 saves in his first game with the IceHogs this season on Sunday to record his first career AHL shutout, a 3-0 win over Chicago. In seven games with Rockford in 2013-14, Carruth posted a 2-2-1-1 record, with a 3.36 goals-against average and .880 save percentage.

Matt Tomkins started both games in net for Ohio State over the weekend, as the Buckeyes opened their BIG10 conference schedule with a weekend split against Michigan State. The 2012 seventh-round pick made 29 saves on Friday in a 3-0 win, marking his first collegiate shutout and improving his record to 3-4-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .917 SV% in his sophomore campaign.

Around the System:

  • Matt Iacopelli played two games for Muskegon in the USHL this past week, picking up a pair of helpers in the Lumberjacks’ 4-3 win over Bloomington on Sunday. The 2014 third-round selection ranks second on the team with 16 points (11G, 5A) in 18 games this season... Fellow 2014 pick Fredrik Olofsson notched points in both of his games for the Chicago Steel last week, tallying his eighth goal of the campaign in a 3-2 loss to Fargo on Friday. He also added an assist – his career-high 16th point of the season – in a 5-4 win over Fargo the next night.

  • Miami forward Anthony Louis contributed a goal and an assist in the RedHawks’ 5-2 win over Western Michigan on Saturday; the 2013 pick now ranks fifth on the team with 11 points (3G, 8A) in 14 games this season... Yale sophomore John Hayden also tallied a goal and a helper in two games for the Bulldogs last weekend, scoring his second goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to Cornell on Friday and adding his team-leading sixth assist of the campaign the next night in a 3-1 win over Colgate.

  • With several IceHogs currently playing in Chicago, and leading scorer Mark McNeill still sidelined with an injury, Rockford found offensive contributions at timely moments in order to win three games in three nights last week. Friday’s overtime triumph against Iowa included goals by defenseman Viktor Svedberg and Ryan Schnell (his first of the season), while six players picked up assists and all but two players registered a shot on goal.
  • Dennis Rasmussen notched his first AHL multi-point game on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee; Peter Regin picked up his second assist in two games, while T.J. Brennan tallied the game-winner on the power play.

  • While Ross and Carruth got plenty of accolades in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Wolves, Brandon Mashinter (1G, 1A) and Svedberg (2A) also played a big role in the victory. Goaltender Scott Darling made timely saves in his two starts for Rockford, stopping a combined 60 shots on 65 shots on Friday and Saturday. Darling improved his season record to 7-2-0, with a 1.97 GAA and .932 SV%.
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