Three Stars from the Weekend: Colt Conrad leads Western Michigan past Minnesota-Duluth

It’s the best of times at Western Michigan University.

The Broncos are making its names known in the college football realm, ranked 14th in the nation amidst a 10-0 start, joining Alabama among the lone unbeatens in the FBS, albeit in a Mid-American Conference not nearly as strong as the SEC. Did you have Western Michigan on your BCS watch list on Labor Day weekend? Stop lying, no you didn’t.

But need not pay attention to just the gridiron.

The Broncos have a pretty good hockey team, coming off its biggest win in quite some time with a 4-3 win over top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night. The Bulldogs came in riding high, with back-to-back weekend sweeps over top-10 ranked North Dakota and St. Cloud State. While Minnesota-Duluth returned the favor Saturday with 2-0 win, the Broncos were the first to blemish the Bulldogs record in the powerful NCHC.

The hero on Friday night? Look no further than sophomore Colt Conrad, a 5-10 forward from Manitoba.

Conrad, who entered the weekend with three points in eight games, he took things over on Friday night, scoring his first goal of the night in the first period to tie the game, 3-3, erasing a two-goal lead Minnesota-Duluth took early in the game. He ended things with 31 seconds to play in overtime with his second goal of the night to give the Broncos the two points.

Conrad has three goals and five points in 10 games this season, following up a freshman year in which he had 16 in 33.

Other NCAA stars of the weekend

Cam Brown, Maine: Brown factored in all five goals the Black Bears scored in Friday’s 5-2 upset win over fifth-ranked UMass-Lowell. He added an assist on Saturday, a 4-1 River Hawks win. The senior entered the weekend with four points in eight games, emerged a point-per-game player.

Brinson Pasichnuk, Arizona State: The freshman’s overtime goal on Saturday gave the Sun Devils arguably its biggest win in the history of its young program, a 5-4 win at New Hampshire.

AHL

Reto Berra, Springfield: The netminder not short on NHL experience stopped 51 of 52 shots that came his way in two games this weekend, both wins for the Thunderbirds. He stopped all 31 shots he faced in Saturday’s win over Binghamton. He’s 5-2 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage in AHL play this season.

Taylor Beck, Bakersfield: Beck had two goals and an assist in the Condors 3-2 overtime win over Tucson on Saturday. He has 12 points in his last five games.

Blake Pietila, Albany: The AHL Devils leading scorer had five points in two games this weekend, the latter of which he recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 win over St. John’s.

CHL

Stephen Dhillon, Niagara: The IceDogs netminder stopped 85 of 87 shots that came his way over the weekend. He’s made 38 or more saves in seven of his last eight games.

Maxime Fortier, Halifax: Fortier had 10 points in two games this weekend, including six assists in Friday’s 9-5 win over Sherbrooke. He’s got 35 points in 21 games for the Mooseheads. The undrafted 18-year-old is bound to pop up on the radar of NHL teams.

Sam Steel, Regina: The Ducks first round pick from 2016 extended his scoring streak to six games this weekend, putting up six points in a pair of contests for the Pats. He leads the WHL with 34 points in 15 games.

USHL

Matiss Kivlenieks, Sioux City: The Minnesota State commit stopped 69 of 72 shots in two games, both wins, as the Musketeers upped their winning streak to six games.

Jaxson Castor, Dubuque: The Fighting Saints goalie, bound for Arizona State, made 30 saves in the Fighting Saints 1-0 win over Green Bay on Saturday night, in which they were outshot 30-17.

Bo Hanson, Muskegon: The Lumberjacks defenseman had five points on the weekend, and now has 15 points in 16 games. He remains uncommitted.

Women’s NCAA

Tereza Vanisova, Maine: The native of the Czech Republic had three goals and an assist in the Black Bears 4-1 win over BU on Saturday. She has 14 points in 13 games to lead Maine.

Kristyn Capizzano, BC: The Eagles freshman had four goals on the weekend, three of which came on Saturday.

Hanna Bunton, Cornell: Bunton had three goals and five points in a pair of wins for the Big Red.

 

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Three Stars of the Midweek: Marian Hossa Latest in 500-goal club

NHL

Marian Hossa: Hossa scored his 500th career goal on Tuesday night, a 7-4 win over Philadelphia. He’s the 43rd player in NHL history to reach that mark, but just the third among players that made their debut after the 1994-95 lockout. The other two? Jarome Iginla and Alex Ovechkin.

Mike Green: Goal scoring has never been a weakness for the defenseman, his 123 goals ranking sixth among blue liners going back to the start of the 2005-06 season. He’s the only defenseman to score 30 goals over that span, scoring 31 in the 2008-09 season. On Monday night, he added the hat trick to the list of accomplishments, scoring three goals in a game for the first time in his career.

Patrik Laine: Facing Auston Matthews for the first time, the young Jets sniper registered his first career hat trick as well.

AHL

Anthony Mantha, Grand Rapids: The Red Wings top prospect found the net three time in a 4-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Tuesday night. He now has five goals in three games this season, his third for the Griffins. He played 10 games for the Wings last season. Expect him to be in Detroit at some point this season.

Mark Jankowski, Stockton: The former first round pick and Providence College standout had a goal and three points in a 5-1 win over the Texas Stars on Wednesday.

Nick Ellis, Bakersfield: Another strong showing for a former Providence Friar. The Condors netminder made 30 saves on 31 shots in a 4-1 win over Manitoba on Tuesday night.

CHL

Taylor Raddysh, Erie: The Lightning prospect had two and four points in the Otters 6-5 win over Niagara on Wednesday. He has 21 points in eight games.

Dmitri Sokolov, Sudbury: The Minnesota Wild prospect registered his second hat trick in four games in the Wolves’ win over the Soo Greyhounds on Wednesday. He has eight goals in his last five games.

Reilly Pickard, Acadie-Bathurst: Made 37 saves in a 3-1 win for the Titan over Saint John, who outshot A-B, 38-28.