Mike Reilly broke out of an offensive drought with five points against Michigan State and earned the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week on Tuesday.
Reilly scored a goal and two assists in Friday night’s 5-0 victory and had two assists in Saturday’s shootout loss that officially ended in a 3-3 tie. The Gophers’ First Team All-American is the first defenseman in conference history to claim Big Ten First Star honors.
Reilly had scored only one point in the four games leading up to the Gophers’ Big Ten opener. He ended the drought by matching a career-high three points on Friday. Each of his four assists were scored on the Gophers’ nation-best power play (17-for-50, .340).
Reilly leads all Big Ten defenseman with 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and is tied with senior forward Kyle Rau for the Gophers’ scoring lead.
Michigan sophomore forward Tyler Motte was the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week and Penn State junior forward David Glen was the Third Star.
The No. 7 Gophers (9-4-1 overall, 1-0-1-0 Big Ten) are off for winter break until the New Year when they host Merrimack in the first round of the Mariucci Classic on Jan. 2.