One night after seeing his six-game point snapped in a 3-2 overtime loss at No. 14 Penn State, University of Minnesota winger Hudson Fasching connected for a pair of shorthanded goals and a career-best plus-4 rating Saturday to lead the Golden Gophers to a 7-1 victory over the Nittany Lions.
Both goals were excellent displays of the NHL speed and hands that the budding power forward has developed since arriving at Minnesota.
Fasching gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead at 11:57 of the opening frame when he cut down the center lane in high gear, accepted a pass from senior captain Justin Kloos, and lifted a high shot over Matt Skoff’s glove for the eventual game-winning goal.
Later with 6:09 left in regulation and the Gophers in full control, Fasching accelerated down the left side and beat two defenders with a powerful drive across the crease before sliding a forehand past Skoff to make it a 6-0 game.
The first shorthanded markers of Fasching's collegiate career elevate him into the team scoring lead with 11 goals and 19 points through 19 games. The 11 tallies include four game-winners.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) snatched a pair of goals Thursday, the first by jamming at a rebound and the second by going to the net with his stick down, as No. 5 Harvard coughed up a two-goal lead late in a 6-5 loss to No. 11 Boston University. Malone saw his three-game point streak snapped Saturday as Harvard fell to No. 2 Quinnipiac 5-4 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
The third-year forward has shown extra hop in his step coming off the break, boosting his season totals to three goals and nine points through his first dozen appearances for the Crimson.
Goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 17 of 18 shots Friday to backstop No. 15 Notre Dame to a 7-1 triumph at Western Michigan. Petersen was much busier Saturday, finishing the night with 36 saves as Notre Dame battled to a 3-3 overtime tie with the Broncos.
Unbeaten in his last eight starts, Petersen's recent surge has moved him to a 10-4-7 record, 2.26 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. Going back to the 2014-15 season, the sophomore had started 34 consecutive contests in the Fighting Irish net.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched one assist Friday as No. 15 Notre Dame rolled past Western Michigan 7-1. The sophomore centerman recorded a minus-2 rating in Saturday’s 3-3 tie, leaving him with three goals and 10 points at the 20-game mark.
In Thursday action, Jason Kasdorf stopped 20 of 23 shots as No. 20 RPI skated to a 3-3 tie with Princeton. The senior netminder has started 13 games this season, posting a 5-5-2 record, 2.18 GAA and a sparkling .931 save percentage.
Freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) contributed one assist Saturday as Massachusetts was dealt a 7-2 loss at No. 11 Boston University. Chukarov has collected three helpers and a minus-11 rating through 21 collegiate tilts.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) went without a point Friday as No. 4 St. Cloud State edge Colorado College 2-1. Peterson produced three shots on goal the next night as the Huskies were defeated by the Tigers 5-2. Peterson remains tied for the team lead with 12 goals this season, but has gone without a point in his last two games.
St. Cloud State defenseman William Borgen (2015, fourth round) remained out of the lineup over the weekend following his tour of duty with the United State National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Borgen has nine assists and a plus-8 rating in 18 appearances with the Huskies.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) was unable to gather any points over the weekend as No. 7 Boston College drilled No. 3 Providence 7-3 on Friday, and then scored three unanswered goals late to earn a 4-4 tie with the Friars on Saturday. The freshman forward has collected seven points (2+5) in his first 20 games, but has been unable to get on the scoresheet in his last seven outings.
Defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) did not dress over the weekend as No. 3 Providence skated to a tie and a loss in a Hockey East set with No. 7 Boston College. The hard-hitting sophomore has appeared in 16 games this season, amassing four goals, seven points and a plus-6 rating.
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored twice Wednesday including one into an empty net to extend his goal streak to six games as Lethbridge downed Swift Current 5-2. Estephan saw the streak snapped on Friday, but still connected for an assist in a 4-3 shootout win at Red Deer.
Estephan captured another helper in Friday’s 6-1 win over Kootenay, giving the 18-year-old a career-high 52 points (22+30) in his 42nd game, eclipsing the 51 points he piled up in 64 games last year. A strong second-half performer a season ago, the top-line pivot now has points in eight-straight games and 12 of his last 13 for the first-place Hurricanes.
Prince Albert defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) registered one assist Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Red Deer. On Friday, Guhle logged his third career fighting major when he came to the defense of a teammate to take on John Quenneville (NJD) in the Raiders’ 8-1 blowout loss at Brandon.
Guhle ended the week Saturday with two shots on goal as Prince Albert cruised to an 8-2 victory over Medicine Hat. Through 35 games, the mobile defender has six goals, 17 points and a plus-1 rating.
Brycen Martin (2014, third round) picked up one assist Friday as Everett got past Kelowna 3-2 in overtime. Martin finished with a plus-1 rating Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Seattle, and was again held without a point in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Spokane. The 19-year-old defender has 30 points (4+26) in 41 games, including a goal and five helpers in 16 contests since joining the Silvertips.
Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) netted an even rating last week as Kelowna dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at Everett on Friday before outgunning Tri-City 7-5 the following night. A defensive-minded anchor for the Rockets, Stephens has just one assist in his last 20 games.
Peterborough forward Eric Cornel (2014, second round) was blanked Thursday in a 4-3 shootout loss to Oshawa, but resumed production the following night with a pair of assists to earn the game’s third star in a 3-2 loss at Ottawa. Cornel kept it going Saturday with two more helpers as the Petes skated to a 7-2 win over Hamilton. Cornel has captured 18 goals and 47 points in 41 games this season.
Moncton winger Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) did not play last week as he continued to wait for his broken thumb to heal. Karabacek captured 16 points (8+8) in 23 games with Baie-Comeau prior to being dealt to Wildcats in December.
In Wednesday action, Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) followed up on his own rebound to score the game-winning goal and added an assist as MODO earned a 4-3 win over Frolunda HC. Possler logged a season-high 21:26 of work Saturday but was unable to score in MODO’s 3-0 loss to Skelleftea. In 32 games, Possler has collected six goals and 16 points.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was shut out last week as MODO defeated Frolunda HC and was blanked by Skelleftea AIK. Through 30 games, Olofsson has contributed six goals and 15 points for a MODO club locked into 13th place in the 14-team league.
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 45 saves Friday to backstop Almtuna IS to a 3-2 shootout victory over AIK. The 20-year-old goaltender has posted a 16-11 record with a 2.29 GAA, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts.
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