Big Ten Three Stars: Adam Wilcox & Christian Frey repeat

Ohio State had two players honored by the Big Ten this week - Matt Christians - SB Nation

The goalies, joined this week by First Star Ryan Dzingel, switch spots from last week's Three Stars honors.

Rest assured this is not last week's honors. It just only seems like a copy-and-paste job.

Ohio State goaltender Christian Frey and Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick) once again were named the second and third stars by the Big Ten. While Frey was second and Wilcox third in last week's Three Stars, the duo have switched places this time around.

Fellow Buckeye Ryan Dzingel (Ottawa Senators), who is no stranger to these awards himself, was named the First Star for the week ending February 3.

The Big Ten began sponsoring men's hockey in 2013-14. In lieu of naming a player of the week, the conference is instead naming three stars.

Dzingel, a junior forward from Wheaton, Illinois, earned his third honor this season after leading the country last weekend with six points (3G-3A) in a pair of wins against Penn State. The Big Ten's leading scorer with 36 points (17G-19A) scored twice Friday. He then played a big role in Ohio State's Saturday comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Dzingel had three points, including the tying goal, in the second period of the Buckeyes' 5-2 win.

Wilcox, who has been honored by the conference three times in the last four weeks, continues his run of great play. The South St. Paul, MN native out-dueled Michigan State's Jake Hildebrand in a 1-0 win Saturday by making 19 saves. It was the sophomore goalie's third shutout of the season. The night before, Wilcox made 28 saves in a 2-2 tie. (The Spartans went on to win the shootout, 2-1, for conference purposes.)

Minnesota has had nine different players earn a total of 16 weekly honors. There hasn't been a week this season in which the Gophers have played and not been represented in the Big Ten Three Stars.

Frey started both games this past weekend for Ohio State. The freshman has made the most since joining the Buckeyes mid-season from the USHL, which includes stopping 70 of 73 saves against Penn State. That includes a career-high 46 against Penn State in Friday's 5-1 win and raised his save percentage from .923 to .936%.

Ohio State travels to East Lansing this weekend to face Michigan State while Minnesota is on the road against rival Wisconsin in a Thursday-Friday series.


Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter --

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