COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the first time all season, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) captured two-thirds of the NCAA’s Three Stars of the Week, as St. Cloud State junior goaltender David Hrenak and Western Michigan senior forward Wade Allison were both honored by the NCAA on Tuesday. Hrenak wrangled Second Star of the Week honors, while Allison was selected the Third Star of the Week.
Hrenak (Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia), who was also named the NCHC’s Goaltender of the Week on Monday, had his best weekend of the season to backstop St. Cloud State to a home sweep of then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 17-18. He allowed only one goal all series, and none even strength, while posting NCAA bests (among goalies with at least two games) of a .983 save percentage and a 0.50 goals-against average.
In Friday’s 2-1 victory over UMD, Hrenak totaled 32 saves, including 18 in the third period, as SCSU held on for the win. UMD’s lone goal of the weekend came on the power play in the first period, but he helped kill off the next four penalties in the game with 11 short-handed saves as he was named First Star of the Game. A night later, Hrenak recorded his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career, stopping all 27 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory. The L.A. Kings draft pick nabbed Second Star of the Game on Saturday.
Hrenak totaled 59 saves on 60 shots in the sweep, including 15 short-handed saves to help SCSU’s penalty kill go 6-of-7. For the season, he improved to 7-7-4 with a .901 save percentage (was at .890 entering the series) and a 2.84 GAA.
Allison (Myrtle, Manitoba) racked up five points to lead Western Michigan to a sweep of Colorado College last weekend (Jan. 17-18), more than doubling his season point total. Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick scored WMU’s second goal in a 5-2 victory to snap a seven-game winless skid. The next night, he recorded a season-high four points on a goal and three assists, including on the game-winning goal. Allison scored WMU’s fifth goal in the 6-2 victory, while setting up the second, third and sixth tallies. He was +4 in the game, put six shots on goal and earned Third Star of the Game.
Allison finished the series with two goals, three assists, eight shots on goal and a +5 plus/minus. His five points tied for second in the NCAA on the weekend, behind only Miami forward Casey Gilling. On the season, he now has three goals and six assists for nine points in 13 games, after not recording more than one point in any game this season prior to Saturday’s series finale.
Yale sophomore forward Curtis Hall was named NCAA First Star of the Week on Tuesday.
Each Tuesday during the season, the NCAA announces its Three Stars of the Week in NCAA men’s hockey. A total of seven NCHC players have now earned an NCAA Star of the Week this season, with the last coming by Colorado College senior forward Chris Wilkie on Dec. 10, when he was the First Star of the Week. Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Scott Perunovich is the other NCHC player to earn NCAA First Star of the Week this season (Nov. 26), while North Dakota sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel (Nov. 19) and WMU junior forward Paul Washe (Nov. 5) have each been tabbed a Second Star of the Week and UND junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi was Third Star on Nov. 12.
Hrenak and Allison will square off this weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. as Western Michigan hosts St. Cloud State for a pair of games. Both games can be seen on NCHC.tv.
NCAA STARS OF THE WEEK FROM THE NCHC IN 2019-20
Nov. 5: Paul Washe, Jr., F, WMU – Second Star
Nov. 12: Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., F, UND – Third Star
Nov. 19: Adam Scheel, So., G, UND – Second Star
Nov. 26: Scott Perunovich, Jr., D, UMD - First Star
Dec. 10: Chris Wilkie, Sr., F, CC - First Star
Jan. 21: David Hrenak, Jr., G, SCSU – Second Star
Jan. 21: Wade Allison, Sr., F, WMU – Third Star