icehockey-men-d1 flag

Mark Bedics | NCAA.com | January 3, 2017

UMass Lowell's Joe Gambardella leads this week's Three Stars

1 – Joe Gambardella, UMass Lowell

  Joe Gambardella leads his team in scoring with 31 points on 10 goals and a nation-leading 21 assists.
The Staten Island, New York native was the Ledyard Bank Classic Most Valuable Player after leading the River Hawks to the tournament title. In UMass Lowell’s 3-2 opening-round win against Colgate, the senior forward scored the game-winning goal and added an assist. In the championship game against Dartmouth, Gambardella had five points on a goal and four assists as the River Hawks beat the Big Green 7-4. He finished the weekend with seven points, two goals, five assists, three shots on goal and a +3 rating. On the season, he leads the team in scoring with 31 points on 10 goals and a nation-leading 21 assists.

2 – Cal Petersen, Notre Dame

  Cal Petersen is now 11-6-2 on the year with a .923 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average.
The junior goalie posted back-to-back shutouts in a sweep of Alaska over the weekend. In Saturday’s 5-0 victory, the Waterloo, Iowa native made 34 saves in keeping the Nanooks off the scoreboard. On Sunday, he made 21 more saves without allowing a goal in a 4-0 win.  He is now 11-6-2 on the year with a .923 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average to go along with four shutouts. Currently, he has gone the last 166 minutes and 49 seconds without allowing a goal.

3 – Ben Blacker, Western Michigan

  Ben Blacker is now 5-0 on the season with a 1.65 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
The Oakville, Ontario native was named to the Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament team after leading the Broncos to the tournament title. In Western Michigan’s 4-1 opening-round victory against Michigan State, he finished with 29 saves. The freshman netminder followed that up with a spectacular performance in the championship game as he shut out Michigan Tech in a 1-0 overtime classic with 23 saves. Blacker is now 5-0 on the season with a 1.65 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

College hockey: Princeton's Corey Andonovski tops this week's three stars

Here's a look at the three biggest stars from the past week of DI men's college ice hockey. Corey Andonovski led Princeton to a win and a tie in earning this week's top spot behind a four-goal, five-point series against St. Cloud State.
READ MORE

Women's college hockey: Cornell's Kristin O'Neill nets two game-winning goals for this week's top star honor

Here are the top three stars from the past week in women's college hockey.
READ MORE

College hockey: Quinnipiac's Odeen Tufto tallies a 6-point weekend to earn top star honors

Here's your weekly look at the top stars from the past week of men's college hockey.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners