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Mark Bedics | NCAA.com | December 16, 2014

Fantastic French

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Third star -- Joe Cox, Michigan State

Cox, a Chelsea, Michigan native, scored three points on two goals and an assist in the Spartans only game of the weekend, a 6-4 victory against Clarkson. With the Golden Knights holding a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, Cox took the game over for Michigan State. In a three-minute span, Cox scored back-to-back goals and then added an assist on Thomas Ebbing’s game-winner. The goals were the first of the season for Cox, who entered the game with six points, all on assists.

 

 

 

Second star -- Austin Ortega, Nebraska-Omaha

The sophomore forward, Orterga, showed a flair for the dramatic this weekend for the Mavericks as he scored the game-winner in both games in the sweep of Saint Cloud State. In the Saturday night victory, Ortega -- the Escondido, California native -- scored the game’s final goal in the third period for the 3-2 win. On Sunday night, he scored to give UNO the lead midway through the third period after the Huskies had just tied the game. He leads the team with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists. Six of his nine goals have been game-winners, which is good for second in the nation.

 

 

 

 

First star -- Max French, Bentley

French, a West Kelowna, British Columbia native, tallied six points on two goals and four assists on the weekend which saw the Falcons take three points from American International. In the Friday night series opener, French, a sophomore forward, scored his team’s final goal in the 4-4 tie. In the Saturday night series finale, French had a hand in all five of the team’s goals in the 5-2 victory. He scored the game’s opening goal in the first period and then assisted on each of the four remaining goals. He now has 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists on the season.

 

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