Here are the top three standout performers this week in men's ice hockey.
1 - Sean Malone, HarvardThe junior forward from West Seneca, New York helped lead the Crimson to a sweep of Rensselaer in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament. In the series opener on Friday, Malone had three points on two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 victory. On Saturday, he added a goal and two more assists in an 8-2 win. On the weekend, he finished with six points on three goals and three assists to go along with 10 shots on goal and a +5 rating. On the season, he has 19 points on 10 goals and nine assists.
2 - Parker Gahagen, Army West PointThe junior netminder finds himself in the NCAA Hockey Stars of the Week for the second straight week after leading the Black Knights to an upset of Holy Cross in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals. The Buffalo, New York native made 31 saves to shut out the Crusaders 3-0 in Friday night’s opening game. He helped complete the sweep with 36 more saves in Saturday’s 2-1 victory. On the weekend he had a 0.50 goals-against average in addition to a .985 save percentage. On the season he has 2.02 goals-against average, a .937 save percentage and four shutouts.
3 - Nick Schmaltz, North DakotaThe Verona, Wisconsin native tallied six points in leading the Fighting Hawks to a sweep of Colorado College in the quarterfinals of the NCHC Tournament. In Friday night’s series opener he scored two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the 7-1 win. The sophomore forward added a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-1 series-clinching victory against the Tigers. For the weekend, he had six points, three goals, three assists, four shots on goal and a +4 rating. He now has 40 points on eight goals and 32 assists on the season.