By @StefanKubus –
We’re officially into the 2020-21 college hockey season, and a trio of Michigan names made it apparent they were ready to go.
Wolverines captain and junior netminder Strauss Mann and freshman forward Kent Johnson were named the Big Ten’s first and third stars of the week, respectively. Meanwhile, Plymouth native and former Michigan Tech netminder Robbie Beydoun was named second star for Wisconsin.
Mann began his junior campaign with a season-opening sweep of Arizona State, as he allowed just one goal on 33 shots and posted a shutout on Sunday.
Meanwhile in South Bend, Beydoun became the fifth Badger goalie to record a shutout in his first start for Wisconsin, as he went 2-0 on the weekend. That 2-0 Friday-night shutout also marked the sixth-ever season-opening shutout in Wisconsin history and first since 1963. Beydoun stopped 29 of 32 shots he faced in Saturday’s 5-3 win to secure the sweep for his squad.
In what was easily a first-star effort, Johnson picked up five points in his collegiate debut for the Wolverines, posting four assists on Saturday in a 8-1 win over ASU before scoring his first-career goal on Sunday, which proved to be the game winner.