Senior forward Travis Boyd was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week on Tuesday after a four-point weekend against Wisconsin.
Boyd matched a career-high three points (two goals, one assist) in the Gophers’ 5-2 win on Saturday night and had an assist in Friday’s 2-2 tie. He also matched his career-high goal total (nine) after the big weekend.
The Hopkins native is the Gopher’s second-best goal-scorer and fourth in points despite only playing 13 of 20 games this season. Boyd missed a month of the season with a lower-body injury suffered on Halloween night at St. Cloud State.
He’s scored a point in seven of the eight games since his return and is currently on a five-game point streak. It’s his second Big Ten honor of the season – the week of Oct. 28 he was the First Star.
Michigan freshman forward Dylan Larkin was named the First Star of the Week and Penn State’s sophomore forward David Goodwin the Second Star.
• Adam Wilcox was rewarded with NCAA.com’s college hockey top play. Wilcox thwarted Wisconsin’s 5-on-3 power-play chance with an impressive stick save late in the third period on Saturday. Watch the top play and the fight that broke out in the final minute.
• The North Star College Cup champion won’t be decided by a shootout this year. The tournament announced that the championship game will follow standard NCAA tournament overtime protocol with 20-minute periods occurring until a winner is decided. The semifinal and consolation games will stick to the Big Ten’s five-minute overtime/shootout routine if the game is tied after three periods.
The Gophers won last year's championship game with a 2-0 shootout victory over Minnesota Duluth that officially ended in a 4-4 tie.