Alumni Three Stars of the Week: January 3rd

Karen’s Print Rite presents an update on top performances by former Black Hawks each week with the Alumni Three Stars of the Week feature.

#3 – Parker Milner
South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) • Goalie

Piling up three consecutive wins from December 28th through January 3rd, Milner has been on a roll.  He stopped 23 shots from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits during a 6-3 decision.  Three nights later, it was 26 saves versus the Florida Everblades during a 5-1 decision.  Hosting the Tulsa Oilers Tuesday, Milner stopped 19 of 20.  Milner has improved his record to 14-5-1 this season.  Meanwhile, the Stingrays have moved into a tie for third place in the ECHL’s South Division.  Milner is 57 saves shy of 3,000 during his ECHL career.

#2 – Cal Petersen
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA) • Goalie

Petersen could not have been sharper upon returning from the Christmas holiday.  On New Year’s Eve, the Alaska Nanooks were unable to put any shots past him; Petersen made 34 saves and the Irish protected home ice during a 5-0 win.  During the New Year’s Day rematch, Petersen was just as effective, turning aside 21 shot for a 4-0 victory.  The junior netminder now has three shutouts during his last four appearances and a total of four during 2016/17.  One more would boost him to a career total of 10.  No goalie in college hockey has been in net for a greater percentage of his team’s total ice time (99.5%) this season.

#1 – Brandon Montour
Anaheim Ducks (NHL) • Defenseman

Following strong results in the American Hockey League since the beginning of 2015/16, Montour made his National Hockey League debut for the Ducks on December 29th.  He was on the ice for nearly 18 minutes – including extensive power play time – as Anaheim prevailed, 3-1 against the Calgary Flames.  Facing the Vancouver Canucks the following evening, Montour skated for more than ten minutes during a 3-2 overtime loss.  His call up from the San Diego Gulls came after he had notched 21 points during his first 25 AHL games in 2016/17.  Montour is the second former Black Hawk to make his NHL debut this season, joining former teammate Zach Sanford (Washington Capitals).

Honorable Mention

Tony Cameranesi, Toronto Marlies (AHL): Called up from Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
Justin Kloos, Minnesota Gophers (NCAA): 2 GP, 2G, 2A, +2, 1 GWG
Patrick Russell, Bakersfield Condors (AHL): 3 GP, 1G, 2A, First professional goal

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