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3 Stars of the Week: Bondra nets first WHL hat trick

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: LW Radovan Bondra, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A, first hat trick

Bondra scored his first hat trick in the Western Hockey League last Wednesday and added an assist to lead Vancouver to a 5-3 win over Prince Albert. He also tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Kelowna on Saturday. The 2015 fifth-round pick continues to lead the team with 16 tallies and 25 points in 22 games this season, his second campaign in North America.

2nd Star: G Matt Tomkins, Ohio State University (BIG10)
The Line: 2GS, 2-0-0, shutout

Tomkins started both games for Ohio State last weekend, helping the Buckeyes sweep a weekend set at RPI. The senior netminders stopped all 28 shots he faced on Friday in a 4-0 win for his first shutout of the season and third of his collegiate career. The next night, the 2012 seventh-round pick stopped 22 of 24 shots in a 3-2 victory, improving his record to 6-3-1 this season, with a .913 save percentage and 2.28 goals-against average.

3rd Star: C Dylan Sikura, Northeastern University (Hockey East)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 3A

Sikura collected points in both of Northeastern's games in a weekend split against Providence. The 2014 sixth-rounder posted three points (1G, 2A) and 5 SOG in Friday's 5-4 win, then notched two more points (1G, 1A) and 5 SOG in a 5-4 loss on Saturday. Sikura has found the score sheet in 10 of 13 games so far this season; he paces the team in assists (12, T-5th NCAA) and ranks second in points (18, T-9th NCAA).

Around the system:

  • John Dahlstrom picked up four points in three games last week for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. The 2013 seventh-round pick notched an assist on Tuesday against Kootenay, then contributed two goals and an assist on Friday in a 7-2 win over Red Deer ... Alex DeBrincat tallied the game-winning goal for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters in a 4-3 win over Sarnia on Sunday ... Alexandre Fortin extended his point streak to five games with points in both games (1G, 2A) for Rouyn-Noranda in the QMJHL last week.

  • Miami of Ohio senior Anthony Louis collected a pair of helpers over the weekend to help the RedHawks tie Denver twice last weekend; he continues to lead Miami with 17 points in 13 games ... Defenseman Luc Snuggerud posted a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss to Minnesota-Duluth on Friday before having his six-game point streak snapped the next night ... Matheson Iacopelli tallied his 11th and 12th goals of the season in Western Michigan University's 4-1 win over Air Force on Saturday and now shares second in the nation in goals ... John Hayden scored a goal in both of Yale University's games last weekend and now has nine points (7G, 2A) in seven games; six of his seven goals this season have come on the power play.

  • Spencer Abbott picked up three assists in two games last week for the Rockford IceHogs ... Mark McNeill posted a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 shootout victory over Texas; he and Abbott share the team lead with 11 points each in 16 games this season ... Tanner Kero tallied a goal and an assist in the IceHogs' 3-1 win over Iowa on Wednesday, and added another helper on Saturday ... Sam Carrick netted his first goal of the year against the Wild.

  • IceHogs blueliner Erik Gustafsson tallied twice in Saturday's win over Texas; his four goals this season share the team lead ... Ville Pokka scored his first goal of the season and added a pair of helpers in Rockford's win over Iowa; he now has eight points, sharing the team lead among defensemen alongside Gustafsson ... Goaltender Lars Johansson started both outings for Rockford last week, making 73 saves on 78 shots to win both games and improve his record to 6-5-0-0 with a .923 SV% and 2.27 GAA.
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