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3 Stars of the Week: March 10-16, 2014

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
(John Mersits/University of Notre Dame)

1st Star: D Stephen Johns, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 1A

Johns’ offensive explosion paced Notre Dame’s upset of top-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament, as the Irish emerged victorious from the three-game set in Boston last weekend. The 2010 second-round pick posted a season high with two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win in Game 1 on Friday, then opened the scoring for Notre Dame in Sunday’s 4-2 victory that clinched a spot in the tournament final.

(Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

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

Hinostroza also provided crucial offense for Notre Dame last weekend, collecting points in all three games. In Friday’s 7-2 win, he picked up a couple of assists, including one on the game-winner. The Bartlett, Ill., native tallied his eighth goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to BC the next night, before assisting on Johns’ goal in Sunday’s series-clinching win.

(Jon Quackenbos/Boston College)

3rd Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 3A

Hayes recorded multi-point games for BC in two of their three outings against Notre Dame in the Hockey East quarterfinals last weekend. After being held off the scoresheet in the Eagles’ 7-2 loss on Friday, the 2010 first-round pick rebounded with a three-point night in Saturday’s 4-2 result, including the game-winning goal. Hayes also tallied a goal and an assist the next night as BC fell 4-2.

Honorable mentions: C John Hayden, Yale (ECAC); C Anthony Louis, Miami (NCHC)

Freshman center Hayden provided scoring spark for Yale, but the Bulldogs were swept in two games by local rival Quinnipiac in the ECAC tourney quarterfinals. Hayden scored Yale’s second goal in a 6-2 loss on Friday, then tallied twice in a 5-3 loss on Saturday.

Louis collected three points (1G, 2A) over two games as eighth-seeded Miami (Ohio) upset top-seeded St. Cloud State in the NCHC quarterfinals last weekend, providing an assist in Friday’s 5-4 overtime win before netting a crucial tying goal in the third period of an eventual 4-3 win the next night.

Around the system:

  • It was a busy week for Teuvo Teravainen and Jokerit, who won their final regular-season game before being swept in three games to end their tenure in the Finnish domestic league. Chicago’s 2012 first-round pick notched an assist last Monday in a 7-2 win over Assat, but was held without a point in three matches against top-ranked Karpat.

  • The University of Vermont pushed UMass-Lowell to three games—all one-goal affairs—in their Hockey East quarterfinal matchup, but ultimately fell to the second-seeded River Hawks. Defenseman Michael Paliotta collected three assists over the first two games of the set, including one on the Catamounts’ game-winner in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win. The 2011 third-round pick finishes the regular season with 27 points (5G, 22A), third-most on the team and first among defensemen.

  • Defenseman Nick Mattson collected a goal and an assist in three games for North Dakota last weekend as they overcame Colorado College to advance to the NCHC semifinals. The 2010 six-round pick did not record a point in Friday’s 4-2 win, recorded an assist the next night in a 4-2 loss and opened the scoring for ND Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win.

  • Michigan split their last regular-season weekend set against top-ranked Minnesota, with freshman Wolverine Tyler Motte contributing three assists—including a pair in Saturday’s 6-2 win.

  • Defenseman Kirill Gotovets netted his first goal of the season to open the scoring for Cornell in their 2-1 win over Clarkson on Friday. The Big Red were tested in three games, but emerged with a 1-0 overtime victory on Sunday to advance to the ECAC semifinals.

  • The Rockford IceHogs played just once last week, gaining a point in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday. Jeremy Morin and Brad Mills led the team with two goals apiece, while Nordstrom added his 16th tally of the season. Brad Mashinter registered a season-high three assists, and Mathieu Brisebois recorded a helper in his Rockford debut; the 22-year-old defenseman was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes earlier this month.

College hockey will procure conference champions this weekend that will help determine seeding for the NCAA tournament, which begins at the end of the month. Here’s a guide to the Blackhawks prospects who will play for a title.

Hockey East Tournament (March 21-22)

(2) UMass-Lowell vs. (8) Notre Dame
Prospects: D Stephen Johns, C Vincent Hinostroza (Notre Dame)
Broadcast: 4 p.m. CDT, NBC Sports Network

If Notre Dame wins, they will play either No. 3 Providence or No. 4 New Hampshire in the championship game on March 22 at 6 p.m. CDT (NBCSN).

Big 10 Tournament (March 20-22)
March 20

(3) Michigan vs. (6) Penn State
Prospects: C Tyler Motte (Michigan)
Broadcast: 2 p.m. CDT (Big Ten Network)

(4) Ohio State vs. (5) Michigan State
Prospects: D Sam Jardine, G Matt Tomkins (Ohio State)
Broadcast: 7 p.m. CDT (BTN)

March 21

(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) Michigan/(6) Penn State
Prospects: C Tyler Motte (Michigan)
Broadcast: 2 p.m. CDT (BTN)

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Ohio State/(5) Michigan State
Prospects: D Justin Holl (Minnesota); D Sam Jardine, G Matt Tomkins (Ohio State)
Broadcast: 7 p.m. CDT (BTN)

Italics indicate possible prospect involvement

The teams to advance from Friday’s matchups will meet in the championship game on March 22 at 7 p.m. CDT (BTN).

NCHC Tournament (March 21-22)

(2) North Dakota vs. (8) Miami of Ohio
Prospects: C Luke Johnson, D Nick Mattson (North Dakota); C Anthony Louis (Miami)
Broadcast: 7:30 p.m. CDT (CBS Sports Network)

The winner will advance to the NCHC championship game to face either No. 5 Western Michigan or No. 6 Denver at 8:30 p.m. CDT (CBSSN).

ECAC Tournament (March 14-16)

(1) Union vs. (4) Cornell
Prospects: D Kirill Gotovets (Cornell)
Broascast: 3 p.m. CDT (Fox College Sports)

If Cornell wins, they will play either No. 2 Colgate or No. 3 Quinnipiac in the championship game on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. CDT (FSC)

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