Beau Bennett’s 2011 is off to a great start.

Bennett was sidelined with a knee sprain to round out 2010. Back with a brace, Bennett has proved to be a great asset to the Pioneers line-up.

Denver extended their unbeaten streak to 8 games, and Bennett extended his most recent points tear to 9 points in 10 games.

The freshman scored the game winner in the first of two games against University of Alaska-Anchorage and followed up that performance with a goal and assist night to complete the sweep.

The solid weekend increased Bennett’s totals to 6 goals and 9 assists in 22 games for the Pioneers.

Bennett’s points have all come even strength this year, and he’s found himself earning valuable time on a line with US Hockey product Drew Shore.

Bennett’s best attributes have been on display for Denver so far this year. Vision, smooth skating and a bit of dangle ability have been hallmarks of Bennett’s success so far this year.

In the second game against Alaska-Anchorage, Bennett dipsy-doodled through the neutral zone in a 4 on 4 scenario, faked out a defender one on one, and came in alone on the goaltender with a nice 5 hole move.

Bennett made it look easy and showed no signs of lingering effects from a sprained knee.

Moving North

Yale Men’s Hockey remains the consensus number one team in the Nation and they got a little bit of help this week from another young forward prospect for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kenny Agostino netted a hat trick against Holy Cross on January 2 and hasn’t slowed down an ounce since then.

The two time New Jersey player of the year has 5 points in his last 4 games and terrorized his two most recent opponents as the Bulldogs rebounded from their first loss in quite some time. That loss to Brown had snapped a 10 game win streak by the number one team in the Nation.

Agostino netted three goals on 9 shots this weekend, raising his season totals to 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points in 14 games.

This is very promising news for the Penguins. The fifth round, 140 overall pick in last year’s draft has become something of a cult hero in Yale’s community, netting a game winner on Friday night and an additional two goals on Saturday.

Agostino is skilled with the puck, has great vision, but also has been in the right place at the right time. Using his smarts, Agostino has been able to get to the right place at the right time.

Agostino is extremely confident with the puck. That alone is refreshing for a freshman. Both of these young forwards are in great programs and it bears promise for the future of the Penguins core at wing.