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.
With Gopher Hockey's exhibition game set for Oct. 1, we're counting down to the 2017-18 opener by looking back at some of the top moments from last year's campaign.
Team captain Tyler Sheehy was one of two Big Ten players selected as a unanimous pick while he was joined on the list by Ryan Lindgren, Rem Pitlick and newcomer Casey Mittelstadt.
The No. 4/5 Gopher Hockey claimed the league's Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards as well as two-thirds of this year's First Team All-Big Ten selections.
Jake Bischoff extended his career-best point streak to 10 games on Saturday night, rallying the No. 5 Gopher Hockey program to a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan State.
Men's Hockey vs. Union 10-7-17
Men's Hockey vs. Alberta 10-1-17
Men's Hockey vs. Wisconsin 2-24-17
Men's Hockey vs. Penn State 2-3-17
Men's Hockey wins Mariucci Classic vs. UMass 12-31-16
2016-17 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team • skated in 36 games as a rookie for the Gophers • notched 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) to finish tied for fifth on the team in scoring and first among rookies • made his collegiate debut and scored his first collegiate goal on Oct. 7, 2016 at UAA • notched three assists (a single-game high) in Minnesota's win over Ohio State on Dec. 2, 2016 • notched his first career hat trick and set a single-game career high with four points (three goals, one assist) in Minnesota's win over Penn State on Feb. 17, 2017 • also recorded four points including a hat trick in Minnesota's exhibition game against USA Hockey's National Team Development Program • named Minnesota's Frank Pond Rookie of the Year • earned first letter.
2016 USA Hockey Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year • 2016 USHL Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and a First Team All-USHL honoree as a member of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2015-16 • led the USHL in points (89), goals (46) and assists (43) • his 89 points in 56 games were a Muskegon single-season record while his 46 goals were the third most all-time in the USHL Tier I era • competed in the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Omaha, Neb. • spent the 2014-15 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks, playing with Gophers Tommy Novak and Tyler Sheehy • recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 47 games • totaled 105 points (53 goals, 52 assists) in 103 career USHL games • previously skated at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and helped capture the 2014 Tier I Boys 18 and Under National Championship with Gophers Ryan Norman and Ryan Lindgren.
Helped the U.S. Junior Select Team win a bronze medal at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Whitby, Ontario, tallying four points (two goals, two assists) in five games.
Born April 2, 1997 • native of Plymouth, Minn. • son of Lance and Lisa (Wittwer) Pitlick • father was a defenseman for the Gophers from 1986-90 (captain in 1989-90) and skated in 144 career games with 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) before an eight-year career in the NHL with Ottawa and Florida • mother was a two-time Big Ten champion gymnast for the Gophers (team MVP in 1988) and went on to compete with USA Gymnastics • cousin, Tyler Pitlick, played at Minnesota State and skates in the Dallas Stars organization • selected in the third round (76th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.
McManus Named B1G Third Star
McManus scored three goals – his first three collegiate tallies – on three shots in the third period including the eventual game-winning goal.
McManus' Hat Trick Lifts 'U' to Victory
Eleven Gophers tallied points in the game while Eric Schierhorn picked up the win in his 78th-straight start for Minnesota, setting a new program record.
Penn State Spoils Gophers' Home Opener
No. 7 Gopher Hockey opened its home and Big Ten conference seasons suffering a 3-1 defeat against No. 11 Penn State on Friday evening at 3M Arena at Mariucci.