COLE WORLD: Team USA forward Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) recorded a pair of goals in Saturday night's 10-0 win over Muskegon to give him 54 markers on the season, tying Cole Caufield's 2017-18 mark for the most by a U17 skater in an NTDP single season.

With his next goal this year, Eiserman will tie Auston Matthews (2014-15) for the second-most goals scored by any NTDP skater in a single season.

In nine games this season playing with the Under-18 Team, Eiserman has collected 11 goals, including four multi-goal efforts and his fifth hat-trick of the season.

COLE LIFE: Defenseman Cole Hutson (Barrington, Ill.) put his name atop some records for a U17 skater as well.

With two assists Saturday night, Hutson improved his seasonal point total to 49, tying Chad Krys (2014-15) for the most points in a single season by a U17 blueliner.

Cole, the third of four Hutson brothers and second at the NTDP, picked up 42 of those points (8g-34a) in 42 games with the Under-17 Team, before earning a look with the U18s at the end of February.

With the older group, the 5-foot-8, 143-pound defenseman has nearly matched the pace, with seven points in eight games thus far as he looks to make the U.S. roster for April's IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship that will take place in Switzerland.

HE'S A BRICK HOUSE: U18 netminder Trey Augustine (South Lyon, Mich.) earned his first shutout of the season in Saturday's win, stopping all 21 Lumberjacks shots that got on net.

The impressive performance ran the Michigan State commit's ridiculous 2022-23 record to 22-0-2, to pair with a 2.10 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. The GAA would rank fourth all-time in a single season at the NTDP while the SV% would be the second-best mark ever recorded at the program.

With three more wins this season, Augustine can put himself into the NTDP's top-10 all-time goaltender wins list with 40.

CALL IT A 'HUNDO:  After linemate Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.) accomplished the feat last weekend, U18 forward Will Smith (Lexington, Mass.) used a five-point Saturday night to push past the century mark, becoming only the second pair of NTDP teammates to hit 100 points in the same season, after Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield accomplished the feat in 2018-19.

After being held without a point in the opening frame, Smith went on a tear in the final 40 minutes. He got on the scoreboard with an assist on Perreault's goal 70 seconds into the second, and then added his second helper on Ryan Leonard's (Amherst, Mass.) tally. Smith added his first score of the night off a pretty Eiserman set-up before the second intermission to give him three points in the middle frame.

The Boston College commit scored quickly in the third period and then hit the 100-mark with a slick assist on Eiserman's 54th, giving both skaters big-time accomplishments on the same goal.

Smith's huge night pulled him ahead of Perreault, for the time being, for the team lead in assists (61 to 60) and points-per-game (2.04 to 2.02).

TO THE SHOW: A trio of NTDP alums from the 2002 birth class signed NHL contracts this week after their college seasons ended.

First, Hunter McKown (San Jose, Calif. / 2018-20), an undrafted free agent from Colorado College, inked his name with the Columbus Blue Jackets on an entry-level deal and is set to make his NHL debut Friday night as Columbus hosts the Islanders.

After, Brett Berard (East Greenwich, R.I. / 2018-20), a 2020 5th-round pick of the New York Rangers, chose to forego his senior season at Providence College to start his professional hockey career with Hartford of the American Hockey League.

Berard, a 2021 World Junior Championship gold medalist with Team USA, produced 62 points (28g-34a) in 72 games over his past two seasons in Rhode Island.

Finally, on Thursday (March 23), Tyler Kleven (Fargo, N.D. / 2018-20) signed a three-year  entry-level deal with the Ottawa Senators, the team that drafted him in the 2nd-round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Kleven will join former NTDP and UND teammate Jake Sanderson on the blueline.

Kleven, who was also a part of the 2021 World Junior Championship that garnered gold, played in 95 games and scored 20 goals with 35 points in Grand Forks.