Minnesota and Penn State Standouts Named Three Stars
Gophers’ McManus claims first star after finishing the weekend with a nation-leading six points

First Star
Brannon McManus, Minnesota
F – Jr. – Newport Beach, Calif. – Business & Marketing Education

• Led the Gophers to their first Big Ten sweep of the season, picking up six points against No. 6/6 Ohio State
• Recorded back-to-back three-point games, starting with one goal and two assists in Friday’s 6-3 victory
• Tallied the eventual game-winner to go along with two assists in a 4-1 win on Saturday
• Finished the weekend with a +6 rating, tying for third in the nation behind teammates Sampo Ranta and Ryan Zuhlsdorf
• Earns his third career weekly award and first since Oct. 9, 2018 (Second Star)
• Last Minnesota honoree: Jared Moe (Third Star) on Jan. 14, 2020
• Last Minnesota First Star honoree: Nathan Burke (First Star) on Feb. 19, 2019

Second Star
Sampo Ranta, Minnesota
F – So. – Naantali, Finland – Undeclared

• Helped the Gophers to a six-point weekend against No. 6/6 Ohio State, their first Big Ten sweep of the season
• Recorded back-to-back multi-point games on three goals and an assist, highlighted by his first career multi-goal performance on Friday night
• Tied for the national lead with a +7 rating on the weekend, pacing the country with fellow Gopher Ryan Zuhlsdorf
• Earns his second career weekly honor and first since Oct. 9, 2018 (Third Star)
• Last Minnesota honoree: Jared Moe (Third Star) on Jan. 14, 2020

Third Star
Cole Hults, Penn State
D – Jr. – Stoughton, Wis. – Recreation Park & Tourism Management

• Held down the backline for the Nittany Lions in their weekend split at No. 19/- Michigan State
• Led all defensemen nationally with four points on one goal and three assists, starting the weekend off with a goal and an assist on Friday night
• Recorded the primary assist on both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime victory
• Earns his second career weekly award and first since Oct. 15, 2019 (Third Star)
• Last Penn State honoree: Evan Barratt (Second Star) on Dec. 3, 2019

2019-20 Big Ten Hockey Three Stars

Oct. 15
First Star: Tommy Nappier, Jr., G, OSU
Second Star: Cole Caufield, Fr., F, WIS
Third Star: Cole Hults, Jr., D, PSU

Oct. 22
First Star: Daniel Lebedeff, So., G, WIS
Second Star: Sammy Walker, So., F, MINN
Third Star: Jack Becker, Jr., F, MICH

Oct. 29
First Star: Mike O’Leary, Sr., F, ND
Second Star: Cal Burke, Sr., F, ND
Third Star: Wyatt Ege, Sr., D, OSU

Nov. 5
First Star: Peyton Jones, Sr., G, PSU
Second Star: Tommy Nappier, Jr., G, OSU
Third Star: Cam Morrison, Sr., F, ND

Nov. 12
First Star: Patrick Khodorenko, F, Sr., MSU
Second Star: Alex Turcotte, F, Fr., WIS
Third Star: Cale Morris, G, Sr., ND

Nov. 19
First Star: John Lethemon, G, Sr., MSU
Second Star: Nate Sucese, F, Sr., PSU
Third Star: Evan Barratt, F, Jr., PSU

Nov. 26
First Star: Sam Saliba, F, Sr., MSU
Second Star: Tanner Laczynski, F, Sr., OSU
Third Star: Sam Sternschein, F, Jr., PSU

Dec. 3
First Star: Liam Folkes, F, Sr., PSU
Second Star: Evan Barratt, F, Jr., PSU
Third Star: Tommy Nappier, G, Jr., OSU

Dec. 10
First Star: John Lethemon, G, Sr., MSU
Second Star: Strauss Mann, G, So., MICH
Third Star: Tommy Nappier, G, Jr., OSU

Dec. 17
First Star: Cale Morris, G, Sr., ND
Second Star: John Lethemon, G, Sr., MSU
Third Star: Matt Hellickson, D, Jr., ND

Jan. 7
First Star: Cale Morris, G, Sr., ND
Second Star: Jack LaFontaine, G, Jr., MINN
Third Star: Tanner Laczynski, F, Sr., OSU

Jan. 14
First Star: Strauss Mann, G, So., MICH
Second Star: Roman Ahcan, F, So., WIS
Third Star: Jared Moe, G, Fr., MINN

Jan. 21
First Star: John Lethemon, G, Sr., MSU
Second Star: Tanner Laczynski, F, Sr., OSU
Third Star: Strauss Mann, G, So., MICH

Jan. 28
First Star: Brannon McManus, F, Jr., MINN
Second Star: Sampo Ranta, F, So., MINN
Third Star: Cole Hults, D, Jr., PSU