College hockey players of the week: Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen tops Three Stars
Another busy week on the ice was headlined by the 65th Annual Beanpot Tournament, which saw Harvard take home the title for the first time since 1993. Plenty of other action to sink your teeth into as the season begins to wind down, but that doesn't mean things aren't heating up. Here are a few names that stood out with their respective performances as teams make their final push before the postseason.
Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan
The native of Vihti, Finland, tied an NCAA record as he recorded his fourth and fifth straight shutouts last weekend. The sophomore goalie made 39 saves in Friday night’s 3-0 victory against Alaska. On Saturday, he tied the NCAA record with his fifth straight shutout, making 48 saves in a 2-0 win. His current shutout streak of 335:39 is second all-time behind only Blaine Lacher of Lake Superior State, who went 375:01 without allowing a goal in 1994. On the season, he has 2.40 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Hampus Gustafsson, Merrimack
The senior forward virtually single-handedly led Merrimack to a 6-3 upset victory at No. 7 Boston College Friday night. The Ljungby, Sweden, native scored five points on three goals and two assists, including an assist on the game-winner, while also finishing a +4. It was the first hat trick by a Merrimack player in more than six years. He now has 24 points on the season with a team-leading 14 goals and 10 assists.
Ryan Donato, Harvard
The Boston, Massachusetts, native led Harvard to its first Beanpot title since 1993. In the Crimson’s Beanpot tune-up Friday night against No. 6 Union, the sophomore forward scored four goals on an incredible 13 shots on goal in a 6-2 victory. On Monday night in the Beanpot final he scored a goal on three shots. For the two games, he finished with five goals, 16 shots on goal and a +4 rating. He now has 26 points on the season on 16 goals and 10 assists.