University of Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching was an impact player for the second consecutive weekend, using his hard-driving skating game and powerful net-front presence to gather three more goals as the Gophers earned a series split at Big Ten rival Michigan.
Fasching got going quickly in Friday’s opener, scoring the first of his two goals just 30 seconds into the first period, but Minnesota was throttled by Michigan 8-3. After the Wolverines' Tyler Motte (CHI) scored just 16 seconds in, Fasching swatted a puck in with his backhand to make it 1-1 before the game was a minute old.
The power forward would later plant in front of the net and show his hand-eye coordination with a tip goal to make it 5-3 late in the middle frame, but Michigan kept their foot on the gas pedal the rest of the way to earn the victory by a wide margin.
Fasching continued to demonstrate his tip skills on Saturday, scoring his eighth goal of the year on one of his game-high seven shots on goal as Minnesota edged Michigan 3-2 to earn the B1G series split. Fasching, who had two other near misses in the contest thanks to his physical dominance around the crease, heads into the holiday break with points in four-straight games.
He ranks second on the Gophers with 14 points (8+6) through 15 games, while leading the team with 45 shots on goal.
William Borgen (2015, fourth round) recorded back-to-back one-assist efforts as St. Cloud State outgunned Denver by scores of 5-2 and 6-2 to earn the NCHC sweep. Eight of Borgen's nine helpers this season have come at even strength. As his teammates get ready for the holiday break, Borgen will ship off to Boston for USA Hockey’s 2016 U.S. National Junior Team Training Camp, which begins on Tuesday.
Jason Kasdorf made 23 saves Friday to backstop RPI to a 5-1 victory over Arizona State, and then served as backup the next night as the Engineers completed the home sweep with a 4-1 win. Kasdorf enters the break with a 4-4-1 record, 2.04 goals-against average (17th in nation) and a .939 save percentage (T-9th). RPI is off until Jan. 2 when they begin a non-conference set at Miami (OH).
On Thursday, Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 23 saves as Notre Dame upped their winning streak to four games with a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Boston College. Petersen’s hot December has boosted him to a 9-4-4 record, 2.39 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was unable to get a point for the Fighting Irish in their victory over Boston College, leaving the second-year man with two goals and eight points through 16 contests. Notre Dame returns to action Jan. 1 with the first of two games at Denver.
Chris Brown (2014, sixth round) logged a minus-2 rating as Boston College saw their 13-game unbeaten streak snapped in the loss to Notre Dame. Brown has collected seven points (2+5) in his first 16 collegiate tilts for the Eagles, who return to work Dec. 28 against Ohio State at the Florida College Classic in Esthero, FL.
Providence College defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) picked up one assist Thursday as the Friars earned a 4-1 victory over cross-town rival Brown in the annual Mayor's Cup game. Florentino has gotten on the scoresheet in three of his last four games to give him four goals and seven points heading into their Dec. 28 matchup with Cornell at the Florida College Classic.
Brown winger Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) logged a minus-1 rating in the Mayor’s Cup loss to the Friars. The sophomore winger has four points (1+3) and 19 shots on goal in 12 games this season. The Bears are off until Dec. 29 when they battle Colgate in the opening game of the University of Vermont-hosted Catamount Cup.
Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) produced one shot on goal as Massachusetts fell to Union 4-3 in overtime. The freshman defender has two helpers in 18 games for a Minutemen squad that has gone winless in their last nine. Massachusetts will squeeze in an exhibition against the U.S. National Junior Team on Friday before shutting it down for the winter break.
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored twice to earn the game's third star Friday as Lethbridge downed Brandon 5-3. Estephan, who snapped a five-game goal drought in the win, followed up Saturday with his 12th goal of the year as the Hurricanes ran out of time in a 6-5 loss at Regina.
The productive week gives the crafty pivot 34 points in 31 games for a Lethbridge squad that enters mid-December just four points shy of the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Everett defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) was unable to produce in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to Portland, but finished the week with assists on Friday and Saturday as the Silvertips earned victories in Tri-City and Seattle. Martin has gathered 26 points (3+23) in 31 games this season, including two helpers in six appearances since being dealt to the Silvertips.
Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) registered a plus-1 rating in Kelowna’s 4-3 win at Regina on Friday. The Rockets were blasted by Brandon 5-1 the following night, with Stephens logging a minus-2 to end his 11-game run of finishing with an even rating or better. Through 31 games, the stay-at-home Stephens has six points (2+4) and a plus-10 rating for the Western Conference leaders.
Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) was unable to contribute any points as Prince Albert dropped a pair of decisions to Edmonton and Kamloops. Guhle has played 24 games with the Raiders since being returned from Buffalo, compiling three goals and 11 points.
After starting the week without a point in losses to Niagara and Sault Ste. Marie, Peterborough winger Eric Cornel (2014, second round) returned to the scoresheet Friday with a pair of assists as Peterborough scrambled to a wild 7-6 overtime victory over Hamilton. On Sunday, Cornel and his mates were stymied in a 7-0 loss to Owen Sound. Through 33 games, the Petes captain has collected 15 goals and 35 points.
In Sunday action, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 25 saves as Almtuna IS edged BIK Karlskoga 5-4 in overtime. The victory improves Johansson’s record to 14-11 with a 2.36 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) picked up one assist in the week’s two games as MODO lost both ends of a home-and-home series with the IF Malmo Red Hawks by scores of 3-2 and 5-2. Olofsson has connected for 13 points (4+9) in 25 games this season.
MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) recorded six shots on goal while averaging just under 17 minutes of work in the losses to Malmo. Possler has appeared in all 27 of MODO’s of games this season, picking up four goals and eight points along the way.
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