Wisconsin men's hockey: Tyler Barnes, Joe Faust take home weekly Big Ten awards

Mark Zengerle's highlight-reel goal Saturday checked in at No. 3 on NCAA.com. - Larry Radloff Photography

Big weekends from seniors Joe Faust and Tyler Barnes earned them Big Ten player of the week honors.

Tyler Barnes named Big Ten first star, Joe Faust third star

There weren't many players in the country who played better down the stretch last season than Tyler Barnes, and the senior has carried that over into the 2013-14 campaign. With the Badgers trailing by two goals Friday night, the Burnsville, Minn., native put the team on his back to force overtime and an eventual tie vs. Lake Superior State at the Kohl Center.

Barnes added two assists in Saturday's victory, running his weekend total to two goals and four points. For his efforts, Barnes was named the Big Ten's first star of the week.

Barnes wasn't Wisconsin's only honoree this week, however, as defenseman Joe Faust was named the Big Ten's third star of the week. The senior from Bloomington, Minn., had four assists on the weekend -- including a career-high three on Saturday -- and was +5 vs. Lake State.

Faust came into his senior season with just four career assists, but was able to double that output last weekend alone.

Mark Zengerle nets NCAA's No. 3 goal of the week

During Saturday's 8-1 rout over Lake Superior State, center Mark Zengerle cashed in on his first goal of the season in highlight-reel fashion. Zengerle's goal was ranked as the No. 3 play of the week on NCAA.com. The senior from Rochester, N.Y., has six points in six games to start the season. Zengerle's 124 career points are the most for any player during the Mike Eaves coaching era.

Badgers stay at Nos. 12/13 in rankings

Despite a tie and an 8-1 win over No. 13/12 Lake Superior State last weekend, the Badgers didn't budge in either the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine or USCHO.com polls. Minnesota was the unanimous No. 1 in both. Fellow Big Ten conference member Michigan checked in at No. 2 in both, as well.

Wisconsin's next opponent after the bye, Miami, is ranked No. 7 in both polls.

USCHO.com Poll
TEAM FIRST-PLACE VOTES RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Minnesota (50) 5- 0-1 1000 1
2 Michigan 6- 1-1 900 4
3 St. Cloud State 5- 0-1 824 9
4 Notre Dame 6- 2-0 804 2
5 Quinnipiac 8- 1-0 791 7
6 Providence 5- 1-1 784 3
7 Miami 5- 2-1 777 6
8 Boston College 4- 2-1 695 8
9 Yale 2- 1-1 513 11
10 Rensselaer 5- 2-1 486 10
11 North Dakota 2- 3-1 478 5
12 Massachusetts-Lowell 5- 3-0 452 15
13 Wisconsin 3- 2-1 434 13
14 Lake Superior 4- 1-1 329 12
15 Cornell 3- 1-0 292 14
16 Clarkson 7- 2-1 252 17
17 Boston University 4- 4-0 156 18
18 Minnesota State 3- 3-0 144 16
19 Ferris State 5- 2-0 107 NR
20 Minnesota-Duluth 4- 3-1 79 20
Others receiving votes:Northeastern 54, St. Lawrence 34, Union 30, Harvard 22, New Hampshire 13, Bowling Green 11, Air Force 10, Alaska 10, Brown 8, Western Michigan 7, Nebraska-Omaha 4.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RECORD
1 Minnesota 510 (34) 1 5-0-1
2 Michigan 447 4 6-1-1
3 Notre Dame 380 2 6-2-0
4 St. Cloud State 379 8 5-0-1
5 Providence 370 3 5-1-1
6 Quinnipiac 364 9 8-1-0
7 Miami 356 5 5-2-1
8 Boston College 315 7 4-2-1
9 Yale 193 11 2-1-1
10 North Dakota 154 6 2-3-1
11 Mass.-Lowell 153 14 5-3-0
12 Wisconsin 137 12 3-2-1
13 Rensselaer 128 10 5-2-1
14 Cornell 56 15 3-1-0
15 Clarkson 40 RV 7-2-1
Others receiving votes: Lake Superior State University 39, Boston University 22, Ferris State University 11, University of Minnesota Duluth 9, Union College 8, Minnesota State University 6, St. Lawrence University 2, University of New Hampshire 1.

Badgers growing Movember mustaches

Led by captain Frankie Simonelli, the Badgers are growing out mustaches this month in honor of the Movember movement. You can go here to donate to the cause. So far, the boys have raised $125 dollars, but I know Badgers fans can do a lot better than that.

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