The conference playoffs brought out numerous standpoint performances, none more impressive then those by the stars of the week.
1) Jonathan Charbonneau, MerychurstThe Saint-Colomban, Quebec native scored both game-winning goals to lead Mercyhurst to a sweep of Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal action. In Friday’s 4-2 victory he had a hat trick for the Lakers. On Saturday, the senior forward scored two more goals, including the game-winner in overtime in a 3-2 win over the Pioneers. On the weekend, he totaled six points on five goals and an assist in addition to 11 shots on goal and a +4 rating. He improved his season totals to 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists.
2) Ryan Donato, HarvardThe U.S. Olympic star rallied the Crimson to a ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series victory over Dartmouth. The series started with a 4-1 loss on Friday night as the Boston native had an assist on his team’s only goal. On Saturday, the junior forward had four points on a goal and three assists as Harvard defeated the Big Green, 7-1. In the series-clinching game on Sunday, Donato had a hat trick in the 4-2 victory. He finished the weekend with eight points on four goals and four assists while also adding 19 shots on goal and a +4 rating.
3) Hunter Shepard, Minnesota DuluthThe sophomore netminder posted back-to-back shutouts in the Bulldogs’ NCHC quarterfinal sweep of Western Michigan. In Friday’s series opener he stopped all 26 Bronco shots in a 5-0 victory. On Saturday it was more of the same as he made 19 saves in a 2-0 win. The Cohasset, Minn. native now has eight shutouts on the season and a .927 save percentage, while lowering his goals-against average to 1.92.