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Zach Aston-Reese's fifth game in the National Hockey League was a memorable one.

The former Lincoln Star scored his first two NHL goals Tuesday as a Pittsburgh Penguin, with both assists coming from All-Star Sidney Crosby in the Pens' 6-3 win over Ottawa.

Aston-Reese became the fourth former Star to score his first NHL goal this season, with Kevin Roy (Anaheim Ducks), Paul LaDue (Los Angeles Kings) and Vinny Lettieri (New York Rangers) accomplishing the feat earlier.

"It was pretty special," Aston-Reese said after the game. "It was almost like a release, it was really exciting to get that. I was just trying to back the 'D' off and give Sid some room there. He just dished it into an area. Found my stick and just threw it on net."

Aston-Reese's performance came 24 hours after his college alma mater, Northeastern, won the Beanpot Hockey Tournament for the first time in 30 years.

Though Aston-Reese headlined Tuesday evening, it was all about another group of former Stars on Monday in the Beanpot title game, a tournament featuring the four major colleges in the Boston area: Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College and Harvard.

Former Stars goaltender and NHL Montreal Canadiens draft pick Cayden Primeau turned away 75 of the 77 shots he faced in two games, getting 38 saves in a 5-2 win over Boston University to capture the title.

Also on that team that ended Northeastern's 30-year drought in the tournament were former Stars Biagio Lerario, Grant Josefek and Brandon Schultz.

"You are playing for your school, the alumni, students and family," Primeau said. "I'm super-happy we got the win (Monday), really proud of the group and happy I could do it with them."

A week before, Primeau was named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the top American-born college hockey player in New England.

Another Star shined in the consolation game: Henry Bowlby had two assists in Harvard's 5-4 overtime win over Boston College.

Then there's the Winter Olympics, where Stars alum and North Dakota sophomore Ludvig Hoff made Norway's roster.

Flash back almost a year ago, when former Stars goaltender Peyton Jones and defenseman Trevor Hamilton helped Penn State to a Big Ten title in just its fifth year of existence as a Division I hockey program.

The current Lincoln Stars are also on a bit of a hot streak, winners of four of their last five games, and will host the USHL Western Conference-leading Omaha Lancers on Friday at the Ice Box, with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.


Stars forward Zach Dubinsky committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in Troy, New York.

“I feel that the direction their program is going, I think, really suits the way I see myself in the future and see myself playing college hockey. I’m definitely really excited,” Dubinsky said in a release.

Dubinsky, 17, has played 36 games with the Stars in his rookie season, with two goals and eight assists for 10 points. Stars forward Tristan Ashbrook is also committed to RPI.

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