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Minnesota Standouts Honored as Three Stars

Gophers’ Phillips earns first star after recording four assists on opening weekend

 

First Star

Clayton Phillips, Minnesota

D – So. – Edina, Minn.

 

  • Registered four points on four assists in two games last weekend, helping the Gophers go 1-0-1 against reigning NCAA Champion and top-ranked Minnesota Duluth
  • His three assists on Sunday marked a career high and the first time a Minnesota defenseman recorded three points in a game since Jake Bischoff on Feb. 3, 2017
  • Currently tied for the national lead in points and assists this season
  • Claims his first career weekly award
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Mat Robson (Second Star) on Feb. 20, 2018
  • Last Minnesota First Star: Tyler Sheehy on Feb. 13, 2018

 

Second Star

Brannon McManus, Minnesota

F – So. – Newport Beach, Calif.

 

  • Netted the first two goals of Sunday’s game 7:17 and 10:45 minutes into the first period of Minnesota’s 7-4 victory against No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
  • Added an assist on the Gophers’ sixth goal early in the third period
  • Recorded his second career multi-point game and his first since Oct. 15, 2017 against Penn State
  • Earns his second career weekly award and first since Oct. 17, 2017 (Third Star)
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Mat Robson (Second Star) on Feb. 20, 2018

 

Third Star

Sampo Ranta, Minnesota

F – Fr. – Naantali, Finland

 

  • Notched his first career goal and Minnesota’s first goal of the season on Saturday at No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, giving the Gophers the lead in an eventual 1-1 tie
  • Netted another goal in Minnesota’s 7-4 victory over the Bulldogs in Sunday’s game
  • Became the first Gopher freshman to score a goal in each of his first two games since Ryan Zuhlsdorf in 2016-17
  • Claims his first career weekly award
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Mat Robson (Second Star) on Feb. 20, 2018

 

2018-19 Big Ten Hockey Three Stars

Oct. 9

First Star: Clayton Phillips, So., D, MINN

Second Star: Brannon McManus, So., F, MINN

Third Star: Sampo Ranta, Fr., F, MINN