Last year it was a change of a stick that helped get Collin Peters out of an offensive rut. This time around, the holiday break helped the Lincoln Stars veteran overcome an upper-body injury that plagued his offensive prowess early in the season.
"Adversity is something we will all face in the game, and it's important for young players to learn how to get through it as a group," Stars coach Cody Chupp said. "To rely on your teammates and rely on the resources around you."
It took 17 games for Peters to find the back of the net, but now the fully healthy Stars veteran is heating up when the team needs it most, with all six of his season goals coming in the Stars' past seven games.
"I was kinda hurt there for awhile; it was just kind of nagging," Peters said. "It was bugging me for a while, and the break helped with that; now I'm just getting back into my groove and shooting the puck the way I used to shoot the puck."
In a split with Central Illinois on Sunday and Monday, Peters tallied the Stars' first goal each game.
"It's always good for the confidence and helps the team, too," said Peters, who is committed to Ohio State. "It's been a long time coming; I shoot the puck a lot and I like to shoot the puck, and now they are starting to find home."
Peters' role on the team is more than just as a power forward who scores goals. He's an alternate captain for the Stars, a leader on and off the ice, and he knows what it takes to raise the Clark Cup after doing it with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2014-15 season.
How the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native handled his injury showed Chupp what kind of player Peters really is.
"Petey is a world-class human being first of all, and he is an incredible hockey player, but he is a great person to be around. Guys new and old immediately respected him.
"Sometimes it's easy to get a little bit selfish, and when I say selfish, when you are injured it is sometimes easy to put the focus on you and just worry about when I am I going to get back and all that stuff; a huge credit to Petey is he was around every single day and understands being a leader is being part of the team on an everyday basis whether you are in the lineup or out of the lineup."
Peters will look to continue his hot streak as the Stars travel to Omaha on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest before hosting the Lancers on Saturday at the Ice Box.
Hoff makes Olympic roster
Former Stars forward and current North Dakota sophomore Ludvig Hoff has made the Norwegian Olympic hockey team and will be heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February for the 2018 Winter Games.
According to the Grand Forks Herald, Hoff was sleeping when his mother called him at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to tell him the news.
"She was crying a little bit on the phone," Hoff said. "I was really surprised. It was some good news to wake up to."
Hoff, who tallied 101 points (38 goals, 63 assists) for the Stars, is a second-generation Olympian after his father, Geir, played in three Olympics, in Calgary (1988), Albertville (1992) and Norway (1994).