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3 Stars of the Week: Jan. 5-11, 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.

(Photo courtesy University of Michigan Athletics)

1st Star: C Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10)
The Line: 2GP, 4A

Motte found plenty of chemistry with his Wolverines linemates in two big conference wins over the University of Minnesota last weekend. The 2013 fourth-round pick notched two helpers in Friday’s 4-3 overtime victory, then posted two more the next night in a 7-5 shootout. Motte now ranks third on the team with 13 assists and 18 points in 17 games during his sophomore campaign.

(Jon Quackenbos/Boston College Athletics)

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

Calnan netted two goals last weekend as the Eagles went 1-0-1 in a home-and-home against Northeastern. Both of his tallies came in a 4-2 win on Saturday and included the game-winner on the power play. The 2012 third-round pick regained the scoring lead with his ninth and 10th goals of the season, and he ranks third with 15 points in 20 games in his sophomore year.

(Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame Athletics)

3rd Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, University of Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 2A

Hinostroza picked up points in both of Notre Dame’s games last weekend as the Fighting Irish dropped a pair to Western Michigan. The 2012 sixth-round pick contributed an assist in Friday’s 4-2 loss, then logged a goal and an assist the next night in a 4-3 decision. The Bartlett, Ill., native leads Notre Dame with 14 helpers this season and shares third with 17 points in 22 games.

Honorable mentions: D Robin Norell, Djurgarden (SHL); G Anders Nilsson, AK Bars Kazan (KHL)

Norell, fresh off his second World Juniors appearance with Team Sweden, scored his first goal of the season in his first game back with Djurgarden in the Swedish Hockey League. He tallied the third goal in a 4-3 loss to Vaxjo on Jan. 10 and now has six points in 31 appearances this season.

Nilsson won both of his starts for AK Bars Kazan last week, including his third shutout of the season – a 28-save shutout on Jan. 5 against Lada. The 24-year-old made a combined 44 saves on 46 shots to improve his record to 15-6-7 with a KHL-best 1.79 goals-against average and .935 save percentage (T-2nd).

Around the system:

  • A couple of Swedish defensemen tallied for their respective teams last week: 2013 seventh-round pick Robin Press tallied the only goal for Sodertalje in a 2-1 loss to Mora IK on Jan. 6 and continues to lead the team in goals (11) and points (27) this season... Linkoping blueliner Carl Dahlstrom scored his second goal of the season in a 5-2 win over HV 71 on Jan. 6; he now has four points in 37 games this season.

  • Fredrik Olofsson picked up three points (2G, 1A) in two games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel last week. The 2014 fourth-round pick scored in both contests and added an assist in a 7-3 loss to Sioux City on Jan. 11... Jack Ramsey, a 2014 seventh-round selection, tallied twice and added a pair of helpers in three games for the Pentiction Vees of the BCHL and now ranks sixth on the team with 29 points (12G, 17A) in 38 games this season.

  • Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Luc Snuggerud contributed a pair of assists to go along with a season-high five shots on goal in a 5-4 win over Denver on Jan. 9, including the primary assist on the game-winner. The 2014 fifth-round pick ranks fifth on the team with nine assists during his freshman campaign... Ohio State junior Sam Jardine picked up his seventh helper of the season in a wild 5-4 overtime victory over Penn State in which the Buckeyes squandered a 4-0 lead before holding on for the win. Jardine leads team defensemen in points this season.

  • The IceHogs dropped both games against the Milwaukee Admirals last week, losing 2-1 in overtime on Thursday before falling 4-2 on Friday. Phillip Danault and T.J. Brennan accounted for Rockford’s goals, while Ville Pokka and Matt Carey picked up assists. Michael Leighton stopped 34 of 35 shots in Thursday’s tilt, setting a club record with a shutout streak of 187:29 over his last four contests; he now sports a 2.14 GAA and .924 SV% in 21 games this season.
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