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Big Ten 3 Stars: Michigan State's Matt Berry named first star

The Spartans senior forward kicked off the season with a pair of multi-goal games against Massachusetts.

Bill Rapai

It's hard to get off to the individual start that Michigan State senior forward Matt Berry did this past weekend. It's easier to figure out that he would end up with this week's Big Ten First Star

The Canton, Michigan native scored two goals and an assist in both of the Spartans' opening games against Massachusetts to earn his second straight possible First Star for the week ending October 20 While MSU was off last week, Berry was named the First Star for the final week of the 2013-14 regular season.

Berry, whose Spartans won 5-3 and lost 4-3 when UMass scored in the final minute, was joined in this week's honors by a pair of goalies in Ohio State's Christian Frey and Michigan's Steve Racine.

Frey was named the Second Star despite OSU being swept by Miami. The sophomore from Arlington, Texas made a career-high 60 saves Saturday to keep the Buckeyes in a game the team eventually lost 2-1. It's the most saves from an Ohio State goalie since 2000 and 3 short of Michigan's Zach Nagelvoort (Edmonton Oilers draft pick) performance against Penn State in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.

Racine, like Frey, was honored for his performance in net Saturday. Earning his first start of the season, the junior goaltender made 31 saves against New Hampshire in Michigan's first win of the season. That total includes 16 saves in the third period when the Wolverines were holding onto a 2-1 lead.


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