NCAA Hockey Wrap -- La Premiere Etoile (Devon Levi)

I'm no Francophone, but I do know what the above headline means thanks to my Hockey Night in Canada-watching misspent youth seeing the Sabres, and just about everybody else, mostly lose to the Canadiens in the Montreal Forum.

This weekend's "First Star" among Sabres prospects is Northeastern University goalie Devon Levi. He's also the Second and Third star for two reasons -- Levi was that good, and no one else distinguished themselves.

Northeastern def. Boston University, 1-0 (ot) on Friday / Northeastern tied BU, 2-2 (NU wins shootout) on Saturday

The Huskies took four points from their neighbors, thanks almost completely to the Sabres' recently traded-for seventh-round draft pick. Levi stopped all 38 shots he faced Friday (BU outshot Northeastern, 38-17). Here's a link (copy/paste required) to a nice photo of Levi, and a game wrapup from the Huskies' Web site.

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Levi wasn't quite perfect the following night, but he was close. He stopped 33-of-35 shots in regulation/overtime, and stymied 6-of-7 Terriers in the shootout.

Northeastern is 9-4-1 overall, 5-3-1 in Hockey East. Levi has played every minute of that, posting a 1.49 GAA, and a .949 Save Pct.

Northeastern next -- at RPI, Friday, 7 p.m.

Sadly, the video links to Levi's sparkling play are fair at best.

Friday's night's video comes courtesy of BU, and much of it is a post-game interview of Terriers' coach Albie O'Connell. Fair play to O'Connell who "tips his cap" to Levi at about the 2:59 mark. Saturday's highlights are even more sparse, with much of the video dedicated to the odd events surrounding Northeastern's deciding shootout goal.

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Notre Dame sweeps Michigan, 3-2 (ot) & 5-4 (ot) in Ann Arbor

The Wolverines dropped a pair at their Yost Arena. Michigan held leads both nights, but couldn't close the deal.

Owen Power had one assist in each game. Erik Portillo was superb in the opener (36 saves), but less so on Saturday (16 saves, and one horrid moment handling the puck behind his net).

Michigan next -- a Friday/Saturday home set with non-conference foe Niagara.

The video highlights are top drawer but for the audio cutting out/coming back midway through each presentation.

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North Dakota & Minnesota-Duluth split in Grand Forks

The Bulldogs won the opener, 4-1. ND took the Saturday affair, 2-1.

Sabres prospect Matteo Costantini didn't play in either game. The listed reason -- illness (non-Covid).

North Dakota next -- home vs. Minnesota for two this Friday and Saturday.

Speaking of the Golden Gophers, and Sabres' first round draft pick Ryan Johnson ...

Minnesota & Penn State split in Minneapolis

The Nittany Lions took the Friday game, 5-3. The Golden Gophers prevailed Saturday, 4-2.

Johnson registered an assist Saturday, and had a plus/minus rating of even for the two games.

There's no video available for Friday's contest. Saturday's game highlights did make their way to YouTube.

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