Big Ten Hockey Three Stars
Oct. 17, 2017


First Star
Kyle Hayton, Wisconsin
G – Sr. – Denver, Colo.

• Backstopped No. 10/10 Wisconsin to victories at No. 13/- Boston College and Merrimack
• Led the conference in save percentage (.959) and goals-against average (1.51) over the weekend
• Stopped 70 of 73 shots in two games to lead the Badgers to their best start since opening the 2004-05 season with a 5-0-0 mark
• Claims his first career weekly award
• Last Wisconsin honorees: Linus Weissbach (First Star), Will Johnson (Second Star) and Trent Frederic (Third Star) on Oct. 3, 2017

Second Star
Denis Smirnov, Penn State
F – So. – Moscow, Russia

• Registered three points, including a pair of goals, to help lead No. 11/11 Penn State to a series split on the road against Big Ten foe No. 7/7 Minnesota
• Secured his second-straight multi-point game and 15th of his career in the Nittany Lions’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota, netting the game-winning goal and posting an assist
• Registered a goal in his third-consecutive game in Sunday’s 6-3 loss
• Earns his fifth career weekly award and first of the season
• Last Penn State honoree: David Goodwin (Third Star) on March 7, 2017

Third Star
Brannon McManus, Minnesota
F – Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.

• Tallied his first career hat trick on Sunday to carry the No. 7/7 Gophers over No. 11/11 Penn State by a 6-3 margin
• Notched the eventual game-winning goal at the 1:43 mark of the third period, before adding a pair of insurance tallies for his first three collegiate goals
• Paced all NCAA and Big Ten Freshmen with three goals on the weekend
• Earns his first career weekly award
• Last Minnesota honoree: Eric Schierhorn (Third Star) on March 14, 2017

2017-18 Big Ten Hockey Three Stars
Oct. 3
First Star: Linus Weissbach, Fr., F, WIS
Second Star: Will Johnson, Jr., F, WIS
Third Star: Trent Frederic, So., F, WIS

Oct. 10
First Star: Mason Jobst, Jr., F, OSU
Second Star: Jake Evans, Sr., F, ND
Third Star: Jordan Gross, Sr., D, ND

Oct. 17
First Star: Kyle Hayton, Sr., G, WIS
Second Star: Denis Smirnov, So., F, PSU
Third Star: Brannon McManus, Fr., F, MINN