College hockey: Penn State's Denis Smirnov leads Three Stars of the Week
A Russian duo leads the way in this week’s NCAA Hockey stars of the week. The two Moscow natives combined for 10 points on seven goals and three assists in leading their teams to four wins without a loss.
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1 - Denis Smirnov, Penn State
The sophomore forward from Moscow, Russia had a big weekend for Penn State as they increased their unbeaten streak to eight games after a sweep of Robert Morris. On Friday, he had a goal in a 5-2 win against the Colonials at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, he tallied four points on two goals and two assists in a 7-4 victory at home. For the weekend, Smirnov totaled five points on three goals and two assists, while also adding 10 shots on goal and a +3 rating. He has 17 points on nine goals and eight assists in only 12 games this season.
2 - Max Letunov, UConn
Another Moscow, Russia native took the second spot in this week’s three stars. The junior forward led the Huskies to a sweep in its two contests last week. He scored a goal and added an assist in an 8-2 win against Massachusetts last Tuesday in conference play. On Friday, Letunov scored three points on a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win against No. 16 Colgate. For the season, he leads UConn in scoring with 19 points on five goals and 14 assists.
3 – Jordan Greenway, Boston University
The junior forward had a monster offensive weekend for the Terriers in Hockey East action. On Friday, he had two assists in a 3-2 loss at UMass Lowell. The following day, he exploded for four points on a hat trick and an assist in a 9-3 victory at home against the same River Hawks. He finished the weekend with six points on three goals and three assists in addition to 11 shots on goal and a +3 rating. The Canton, New York native has totaled 17 points on the season on seven goals and 10 assists.