College hockey players of the week: Princeton's Ryan Kuffner leads three stars with hat trick, OT winner
A trio of forwards combined for 10 goals on the weekend in earning men's hockey NCAA Stars of the Week honors.
1.) Ryan Kuffner, Princeton
The Ottawa, Ontario native led the Tigers to a sweep of ECAC Hockey competition. On Friday, he had three goals, including the game-winner in overtime in a 5-4 victory over St. Lawrence. On Saturday, the junior forward added a goal and an assist on the game-winner in Princeton’s 4-3 upset of No. 3 ranked Clarkson. For the weekend, Kuffner totaled six points on four goals and two assists to go along with 10 shots on goal and a +4 rating. On the season he has 31 points on 19 goals and 12 assists.
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2.) Kyle Schmidt, Bentley
The senior forward helped the Falcons with two road victories in Atlantic Hockey action. He had an assist in Friday’s 4-3 victory over RIT. The Menomonee Falls, Wis. native followed that up with a hat trick and an assist in a 5-2 win versus the Tigers. He finished the weekend with five points on three goals and two assists and improved his season totals to 24 points on 12 goals and 12 assists.
3.) Zeb Knutson, Minnesota State
The Sioux Falls, S. D. native helped push the Mavericks win streak to five games with a sweep of Alaska Anchorage. The senior forward had four points on two goals and two assists in a 7-1 blowout of the Seawolves on Friday. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win. For the weekend he posted five points on three goals and two assists in addition to 13 shots on goal and a +2 rating. He now has 33 points on the season on 13 goals and 20 assists.