Gophers’ Pitlick named NCAA First Star of the Week

Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey freshman Rem Pitlick earned his first weekly accolades, netting both NCAA First Star of the Week and Big Ten First Star of the Week.

Pitlick followed up his first career hat trick in Friday’s 6-3 win over nationally ranked Penn State with a game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday.

The Plymouth, Minn., native led the Big Ten with six points (four goals, two assists) on the weekend. The forward has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 28 games this season.

Senior captain Justin Kloos was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week.

A native of Lakeville, Minn., Kloos tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the sweep. Kloos factored into the three biggest goals of the series for Minnesota, scoring the game-winner on Friday and the game-tying goal Saturday and assisting on Pitlick’s overtime winner Saturday.

The Gophers return to the ice with a two-game Border Battle series against Wisconsin at Mariucci Arena on Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports North PLUS.