Hockey East Three Stars of the Weekend (October 25-27)

Forward Mark Anthoine, far left, stands with defenseman Brice O'Connor and head coach Red Gendron on the Fenway Park infield during September's announcement of the 2014 Frozen Fenway. - Jeff Cox

Merrimack senior Mike Collins became the first Warrior since Chris Barton to hit the century mark in career scoring.

#1 Star

Mark Anthoine - The senior captain of the Black Bears had the first goal of the game in Friday's 3-2 overtime victory against Massachusetts. A night later, the Lewiston, Maine native had two goals and two helpers. Of Anthoine's four goals, two are on the power play and one on the penalty kill. The first Maine native to have a letter on the front of his jersey since Greg Moore, Anthoine is now one point shy of equaling his total from last year. If Anthoine can regain his sophomore year form, it will be a big help to Red Gendron's squad going forward.

#2 Star

Connor Hellebuyck - The UMass-Lowell sophomore goaltender playing in his home state backstopped the River Hawks past Michigan State and Michigan in his first time starting consecutive games this season. The Winnipeg Jets draft pick stopped 62 of 64 shots over the two games for a .968 save percentage. The two victories brought UML's record back to .500 on the season.

#3 Star

Mike Collins - The senior forward had two goals and an assist in Merrimack's 4-2 victory over Army. The three points on the night also gave Collins 100 for his career. The Boston, Mass. native has come a long way since arriving in North Andover. Collins has always had great offensive instinct, but he is now counted on in all scenarios, including late in the game and on the penalty kill.

Notes: Northeastern's offense continues to impress. The Huskies and league foe Providence are tied for the national lead in scoring offense at a clip of five goals per game. Surprisingly, NU is also the second most penalized team in the nation at 25.3 PIMs per game. Sophomore Kevin Roy had two goals and an assist to increase his point total to 12 on the season, tied for the national lead with Riley Barber of Miami and Sam Warning of Minnesota. NU freshman Dalen Hedges had four assists on the weekend to become the third Huskies rookie averaging a point per game or more through six games... Mark Anthoine wasn't the only Maine player with a big weekend on the score sheet. Freshmen Blaine Byron, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick, and fellow rookie Cam Brown had a goal and three assists each in Saturday's game. Freshmen Josh Henke, Brian Morgan and Brown all scored their first collegiate goals in the six-goal second period of Saturday's game.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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