National Collegiate Athletic Association
Riley Barber has recorded at least a point in each of his last seven contests, including three points over two games against Rensselaer over the weekend. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 20 games with Miami University. Tanner Kero scored two goals and registered an assist against Wisconsin on Friday. He has eight goals and 24 points in 20 contests with Michigan Tech in 2014-15. Daniel Ciampini stepped up last season with 41 points in 41 contests last season and he’s doing even better in 2014-15. After scoring a goal and an assist against Boston University on Saturday, he now has 12 goals and 13 assists in 19 contests with Union College. Ciampini’s teammate Mike Vecchione also had a goal and an assist during Saturday’s contest against Boston University. He has nine goals and 17 assists in 19 contests this season.
American Hockey League
Teemu Pulkkinen is on an eight-game goal scoring streak. Thanks to that run, he now has 20 goals and 39 points in 33 contests with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. Brendan Leipsic snapped a five-game point drought with his three-assist showing on Saturday. He has four goals and 25 points in 33 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2014-15. Bridgeport’s Alan Quine scored two goals and an assist in back-to-back contests with the Albany Devils over the weekend. Quine now has eight goals and 27 points in 33 contests this season. Matt Murray posted a 30-save shutout on Friday. The 20-year-old rookie has a 2.06 GAA and .919 save percentage in 16 AHL contests in 2014-15. Jacob Markstrom has been forced to spend the first half of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors after losing the Canucks' backup job to Eddie Lack, but Markstrom has been making the most out of the situation. He's made the 2015 Western Conference All-Star team after posting a 1.91 GAA and .932 save percentage in 13 AHL contests.
2015 World Juniors (European)
Sweden dominated the early portion of the tournament, but they didn’t even end up with a medal in the end. Even still, William Nylander stood out among European players in the tournament with three goals and 10 points in seven contests. Swedish teammate Oskar Lindblom was effective too with four goals and five assists in the Juniors. Russia earned the silver medal and was capable offensively, but they didn’t have a representative in the tournament’s top-15 scoring leaders. Sergei Tolchinsky is worthy of note though for scoring four goals and five points in seven games.
The big winner of the tournament among European players though has to be Slovakian goaltender Denis Godla. He was a virtual unknown in North America going into this tournament, but he made a name for himself with his strong performance against Team Canada in the semifinals and his 26-save performance in Slovakia’s 4-2 victory over the favored Swedish in the Bronze Medal Game. Godla posted a 2.76 GAA and .926 save percentage over the course of the World Juniors.