Casey Mittelstadt notched three assists and a goal in his first taste of college hockey as the No. 3 Gopher Hockey program unofficially opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 6-2 exhibition win over Alberta.
Rem Pitlick scored three goals and added an assist in his first game at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota celebrated its fifth-straight regular-season conference championship during the 2015-16 season.
Brock Kautz made his collegiate debut on Saturday night, making eight saves in a relief appearance.
The Gophers have won four-straight regular-season conference titles including back-to-back Big Ten championships.
Brock Kautz Gallery
2016-17 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Did not see game action during his second collegiate season • Academic All-Big Ten • earned second letter.
2015-16 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Made his Gophers debut on March 5 against Michigan State, making eight saves in 35:30 of play • earned first letter.
Spent five seasons in the NAHL including 2014-15 with the Minnesota Wilderness under Gophers All-American Corey Millen • backstopped the Wilderness as the organization captured its first-ever Robertson Cup in 2015 and was named Most Valuable Player of the Robertson Cup Finals after allowing just one goal in two games (best-of-three series) • only goal against in the finals came in a four-overtime 2-1 series-opening win – the longest game in NAHL history at one hour, 33 minutes and three seconds • pitched a 26-save shutout to complete the sweep in a 4-0 win to capture the Robertson Cup • posted 10-straight playoff wins in route to the title and led all NAHL goalies in the playoffs with a 10-1 record, a 1.43 GAA and a .944 save percentage • recorded a 14-8-1 regular-season record in 2014-15 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA • skated with fellow Gopher signee Darian Romanko with the Wilderness • began his NAHL career with the Owatonna Express in 2010-11 and went on to spend three seasons (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) with the Janesville Jets • appeared in 126 career NAHL regular-season games with a 57-53-12 record, six shutouts, a 2.73 GAA and a .911 save percentage • also appeared in 13 career NAHL playoff games • competed in the 2013 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team • previously played for Rochester Century High School and was an all-city and all-conference honoree in 2010 • also played football as a freshman.
Born June 22, 1994 • native of Rochester, Minn. • son of Scott and Shelly Kautz • has two brothers, Brandon and Cory • cousin, Jonah Pirsig, played football for the Gophers • plans to study sport management and leadership • lists winning the 2015 Robertson Cup as his favorite sports experience.
Live: Gophers vs. Nittany Lions
2/23/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
Follow the action as the Gophers take on No. 18 Penn State on Friday, Feb. 23. Puck drop is 5:30 p.m. CT.
Rinkside: A Lot on the Line
2/22/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
The No. 8 Gopher Hockey program wraps up the regular season this weekend, traveling to University Park to take on No. 18 Penn State.
'U' Closes Out Regular Season at PSU
2/21/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
Minnesota is 14-5-0 all-time against Penn State in a series that began in 2014 -- the Maroon & Gold are 6-2-0 all-time at Pegula Ice Arena.