Ohio State's non-conference sweep of Niagara was tough to ignore last weekend. Apparently the Big Ten agrees.
Junior forwards Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick (Ottawa Senators draft pick) were named the First and Second Star, respectively. The Buckeyes duo were joined for the week ending November 10th by Minnesota freshman forward Hudson Fasching (Los Angeles Kings).
All three players were honored for the first time this season. The Big Ten began sponsoring hockey in 2013-14. In lieu of naming a player of the week, the conference is instead naming three stars.
Fritz was named the Big Ten First Star after leading the conference with six points (1 G - 5 A) last weekend in 4-1 and 6-1 wins. That includes a four point night Friday for the Buckeyes, who are 6-1 in its last 7 games.
McCormick, the Second Star, tallied four goals against the Purple Eagles. With a pair of two-goal games, the DePere, Wisconsin native led the nation in goals last weekend. He now leads Ohio State this season with 12 points (5 G - 7 A) in 10 games.
The Third Star went to Fasching following the freshman's 3 point weekend on the road against Notre Dame. Fasching set up Ben Marshall for Minnesota's lone goal in a 4-1 loss Friday before scoring two goals in a 5-4 win. He nearly added a third as time expired. Instead of a hat trick, leading all Big Ten freshmen in points (11) and goals (5) will have to do.
Ohio State hosts Canisius this weekend for a pair of games. Minnesota, meanwhile, hosts Minnesota State this weekend.
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Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation and College Hockey News. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate