Blackhawks prospect Evan Barratt did what he’s done best in his college career — score a highlight-reel goal.
The Penn State top-line center scooped up the puck below the goal line, tossed it into the air and backhanded it into the net that landed at No. 9 on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 plays. He also had an assist, blocked one shot and was 35 percent (7-for-20) on faceoffs in the 6-4 win over Michigan State. He had four shots on goal, was 40 percent (4-for-10) and was on ice for both goals in a 2-0 loss to start the weekend. It was also the first weekend of the season he hasn’t committed a penalty.
Barratt has two goals and five assists with five blocked shots in nine games during his junior season. No. 6 Penn State visits Minnesota next weekend.
Josh Ess, LH-D (Big 10, Wisconsin)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1A, 3 BLK
Season stats: 10 GP, 3A, 10 BLK, +3
Ess picked up his first point since the opening weekend with a primary assist in No. 12 Wisconsin’s 5-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha. He also had one blocked shot then blocked two more and had one shot on goal in a 5-2 loss.
Wisconsin hosts No. 5 Notre Dame this coming weekend.
Parker Foo, LW (ECAC, Union)
Season stats: None
Foo remains out with an undisclosed injury. He had five goals and 15 points in 35 games during his sophomore season.
Ian Mitchell, RH-D (NCHC, Denver)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1 BLK
Season stats: 10 GP, 3G, 7A, 9 BLK, 2 PIM
Mitchell and No. 1 Denver had a weekend split at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth with a 3-3 tie and a 5-2 loss. Mitchell had a shot on goal in each game and blocked one shot in the opener.
DU is back home for another NCHC weekend against North Dakota.
Ryan Shea, LH-D (Hockey East, Northeastern)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 3A, 1 SOG, 5 BLK
Season stats: 10 GP, 6A, 8 PIM, 12 BLK, +1
Shea blocked four shots in Northeastern’s 1-1 tie against Merrimack then had his biggest offensive game with three assists, including two primary, one shot on goal and one blocked shot in a 3-1 win.
Northeastern has a home-and-home against No. 11 Providence this coming weekend.
Josiah Slavin, LW (NCHC, Colorado College)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 5 SOG, 2 BLK, 37.5 FO%
Season stats: 6 GP, 2A, 9 SOG, 2 PIM, 6 BLK, 41.8 FO%
Slavin and the Tigers were off this past weekend. They’ll head to Minnesota to visit St. Cloud State for the start of seven games away from Broadmoor World Arena.
Alex Vlasic, LH-D (Hockey East, Boston)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 3 SOG, 2 BLK
Season stats: 9 GP, 2A, 9 BLK, -2
Vlasic remained on the second pairing on his off side and had two shots on goal, one blocked shot and was on the ice for one goal against in BU’s 3-3 tie with No. 11 Providence. The next night he had one shot and blocked one.
BU has a home-and-home against No. 2 UMass this weekend.
Jake Wise, C (Hockey East, Boston)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1 SOG, 2 PIM, 60.6 FO%
Season stats: 9 GP, 3A, 2 PIM, 4 BLK, 51.6 FO%, -2
Wise’s scoring drought has reached six games after this past weekend. The second-line center was 60 percent on faceoffs (12-for-20), had one shot on goal, blocked two shots and was on the ice for one goal against in the opening game. He followed that performance by going 61.5 percent (8-for-13) on draws with no shots on goal. It was the fourth game during his scoring drought he hasn’t registered a shot.
Wise’s linemates, sophomore Matthew Quercia and graduate transfer Alex Brink have not recorded a shot all season. It might be time for BU coach Albie O’Connell to try some linemates with Wise that are going to put the puck on net when the Blackhawks prospect gives it to them.
Dominic Basse, G (USHL, Youngstown/Colorado College)
Weekly stats: 2 GP, 3 GA
Season stats: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.12 GAA, .902 SV%
Basse had another solid weekend as the Youngstown Phantoms went 1-1 at Sioux City. The Colorado College commit stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 2-1 loss then made 25 saves in a 4-1 win. The Musketeers scored 3:54 into the second game to tie it 1-1 then Basse stopped every shot the rest of the way.
Youngstown hosts Team USA and Des Moines this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.