Ten different players earned a point for Minnesota as they escaped with a Big Ten series-opening victory
Casey Mittelstadt led the way with a goal and an assist while Brent Gates Jr., Rem Pitlick and Steve Johnson also recorded goals for the Maroon & Gold.
The two-time Big Ten goaltender of the year made 21 saves on Saturday to improve to 8-1-1 all-time against the Spartans.
Leon Bristedt and Mike Szmatula both tallied their first goals of the year to give Minnesota a 2-1 win over Clarkson.
Eric Schierhorn played solid in net behind a strong defense while eight different Gophers had at least a point.
MHK: Icebreaker vs. Minnesota Duluth 10-6-17
Men's Hockey wins Mariucci Classic vs. UMass 12-31-16
Men's Hockey vs. Minnesota State 11-19-16
Men's Hockey vs. St. Cloud State 10-21-16
MHKY: B1G Championship Game vs. Michigan 3-19-16
2016-2017 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Donned the Maroon & Gold in 20 games before being sidelined by a knee injury • tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) • netted his first goal of the season and a two-point night against St. Cloud State on Oct. 21, 2016 • notched a three-game scoring streak Nov. 4-18, including a three-point effort against North Dakota on Nov. 4, 2016 • earned points in his final two games of the season, including a goal and an assist against Michigan on Jan. 13, 2017 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned second letter.
2015-2016 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Skated in all 37 games as a freshman for the Gophers • finished fifth on the team in scoring with 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) • his 21 assists were second most among Gophers • notched a goal and an assist for his first points with Minnesota as well as his first career multi-point game against Northeastern on Oct. 23 • his goal against Northeastern proved to be the game winner • later went on to record streaks of eight-straight games with a point and five-straight games with a point • added the game-winning goal against Michigan State on March 4 • recorded points in 22 of 37 contests including five multi-point games • earned first letter.
Skated for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL for the 2014-15 season and was named to the 2014-15 USHL All-Rookie Second Team • led the team with 34 assists and ranked second on the club with 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) • played with fellow Gopher Tyler Sheehy at Waterloo • previously spent three seasons at St. Thomas Academy for former Gopher Tom Vannelli and helped the team to MSHSL Class A state titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13 • 2012 Class A Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey All-Tournament Team member • totaled 151 points (65 goals, 86 assists) in 75 career games with St. Thomas Academy • led the team in scoring in his final and matched a then St. Thomas Academy record with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in 2013-14 • his 44 assists in 2013-14 were a St. Thomas Academy record.
Helped the U.S. Junior Select Team win its sixth tournament title in seven years at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan • led the U.S. and finished second overall in scoring at the tournament with seven points (three goals, four assists) in four games including the overtime winner in the gold-medal game • named to the 2014 World Junior A Challenge All-Tournament Team • also won gold with the U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2014 Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia • led all skaters with 11 points (five goals, six assists) at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Tournament as the U.S. Under-18 Select Team earned a bronze medal in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia • also skated for USA Hockey at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 Four Nations Cup in Kupittaa, Finland.
Born April 28, 1997 • native of River Falls, Wis. • participated in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y. • skated at the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque, Iowa • selected in the third round (85th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
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