Nov. 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. –- Wisconsin seniors Tyler Barnes (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.) will go in the history books as the first two Badgers to earn a weekly award by the Big Ten in men’s hockey.
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Barnes, the Big Ten’s first star of the week, proved instrumental in Wisconsin’s three-goal comeback last Friday against No. 12 Lake Superior State (4-1-1), which helped the Badgers (3-2-1) put the first partial blemish on the Lakers record in a 3-3 tie. With UW trailing 3-1 in the third period, Barnes scored goals at 11:18 and 18:38 of the final stanza to even the game. The tying goal came with UW’s goaltender pulled for an extra skater. He fired off five shots in the game. Then on Saturday, Barnes notched primary assists on two of Wisconsin’s first three goals to jump start the team to an 8-1 victory at the Kohl Center. Barnes’ performance matched his career high for goals in a game as well as goals and points in a series. With seven points in six games, the forward currently shares sixth in the Big Ten with a 1.17 points per game scoring average.
Faust, a defenseman and this week’s third star, posted a career weekend against Lake Superior State. The performance already has him at a career high in points for the season. Faust posted one assist on Friday, then three assists on Saturday for a four-point weekend. The weekend included his first multi-point game and multi-point series, and the four points are more than he has produced in two of his three previous years at Wisconsin. He also was a plus-4 in the Nov. 2 game, finishing the weekend at plus-5.
His six points on six assists this season are one better than his sophomore season point total of five that marked his previous high for a season. His six assists are also tops for Wisconsin and is tied for third nationally in assists per game by a defenseman with 1.00 assists per game. Faust had four career assists through his first three years at Wisconsin.
Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort was named this week’s second star.
Each week throughout the 2013-14 season, the Big Ten will name a first star, second star and third star to honor top individual performers from across the conference.