COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – One day after being selected as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Offensive Player of the Week, Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Scott Perunovich has earned NCAA First Star of the Week, NCAA Hockey announced Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Creating offense from the blue line, Perunovich (Hibbing, Minn.) tied for the NCAA lead with six points last weekend in leading UMD to a sweep of Maine. In Friday’s 8-2 thrashing of the Black Bears, the St. Louis Blues draft pick tallied a career-high four points, including matching his career high with three assists. Perunovich had a hand in UMD’s first two goals Friday, setting up the first and scoring the second, both in the first period. He tacked on two more helpers on the Bulldogs’ final goals of the night and finished +2 to earn Second Star of the Night.
On Saturday, the reigning NCHC Rookie of the Year handed out the primary assist on each of UMD’s first two goals, the first coming on a power play, to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 in an eventual 3-2 victory. Perunovich fired five shots on goal and was again +2 Saturday when he was First Star of the Game. The 2017-18 All-American totaled a goal, five assists, a +4 plus/minus and fired eight shots on goal in the series.
On the season, Perunovich leads the NCAA with nine assists so far and is tied for the NCAA lead with 10 points in six games.
Perunovich marks the second straight week an NCHC player has been named an NCAA Star of the Week after St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell was tabbed Second Star last week. Each Tuesday, the NCAA announces its Three Stars of the Week in NCAA men’s hockey.
Behind Perunovich, Minnesota State forward Max Coatta was selected Second Star this week, while Notre Dame defenseman Bobby Nardella took home Third Star honors.
Perunovich and the Bulldogs are back in action this weekend with a top-3 showdown against Nardella and Notre Dame. The top-ranked Fighting Irish host No. 3/2 UMD on Friday and Saturday with Friday’s game on NBC Sports Network.