Kyle Rau’s four goals and Adam Wilcox’s impressive effort in the net earned the Gophers a pair of Big Ten hockey weekly honors the conference announced on Tuesday.
Rau picked up the Big Ten Second Star of the Week after scoring three goals on three shots for the hat trick in Friday’s 6-2 victory over ranked Michigan, and then added an open-net goal late in Saturday's game to secure a 2-0 victory and the series sweep.
The senior forward also recorded his 150th career point over the weekend and ends a two-year drought without a hat trick.
Wilcox was the Third Star of the Week after holding Michigan’s nation-best offense to two goals through two games. Wilcox made 21 saves in Friday’s win and shut out the Wolverines with 26 saves on Saturday. It was the first time this season Michigan, averaging 4.21 goals per game entering the series, had been held scoreless.
The junior goaltender finished the weekend with a 1.00 goals against average and .959 save percentage. He leads the Big Ten with four shutouts this season and picked up his 11th career shutout.
Michigan State sophomore forward Mackenzie MacEachern was the First Star of the Week.
The Gophers travel to Penn State this weekend for their first of two remaining series against the Nittany Lions. Penn State is only two points out of first place in the Big Ten standings.