Three Gophers Sweep Big Ten Weekly Awards
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Three Gopher Hockey players have been honored by the Big Ten for their performances in last weekend’s sweep over Wisconsin, marking the second time Minnesota has swept the Big Ten weekly awards and just the third overall time a Big Ten program has done so.
Michael Brodzinski has been tabbed the Big Ten First Star of the Week followed by Hudson Fasching as the Big Ten Second Star of the Week and Eric Schierhorn as Big Ten Third Star of the Week.
A native of Ham Lake, Minn., Brodzinski led all Big Ten defensemen with four points over the weekend including the first-ever hat trick by a league defensemen. The junior notched an assist in Friday’s 4-0 shutout over the Badgers and then scored three goals in the third period of a 9-2 win on Saturday for his first career hat trick. Brodzinski, who now has new career highs with eight goals and 15 points this season, is just the second defenseman to be named Big Ten First Star of the Week after Mike Reilly on Dec. 9, 2014.
A native of Burnsville, Minn., Fasching led all Big Ten skaters with five points (two goals, three assists) over the weekend. The junior forward scored 12 seconds into Friday’s 4-0 win for the eventual game-winning goal and Minnesota’s fastest goal to open a game this season. His five game-winning goals this year lead the Big Ten and rank tied for second in the nation. Fasching added a pair of assists later in the game and then tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 9-2 win to seal the sweep. The alternate captain, who leads Minnesota with 15 goals (a new career best) and 27 points this season, has been on a tear since the start of December with points in 10 of 12 games (11 goals, eight assists, 19 points in that span). Fasching has recorded multiple points in four of the last five games.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Schierhorn backstopped the Gophers to a weekend sweep over their Border Battle rival including his third career shutout. The rookie netminder posted a 2-0-0 record in the series with a .964 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA. Schierhorn made 29 saves, including one to the helmet that left him bloody, in Friday's 4-0 series-opening win and then answered the bell once again with 25 saves as well as his first career point (an assist) in a 9-2 victory to seal the sweep on Saturday. The freshman goalie has started in all 23 games for Minnesota this season and has allowed just six goals on Minnesota's current five-game winning streak.
The Gophers return to action next weekend with the North Star College Cup presented by TRIA. Xcel Energy Center hosts the third annual event, featuring Minnesota, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, Jan. 30-31.