AGAINST OHIO STATE
The Gophers are 33-8-5 all-time against Ohio State in a series that began in 1968 while Minnesota has won four-straight against the Buckeyes (all at 3M Arena at Mariucci) and are unbeaten in the last five meetings (4-0-1) including a home sweep earlier this season. Brannon McManus, Sampo Ranta and Sammy Walker lead all active Gophers with eight points each against the Buckeyes. McManus has points in four-straight games against Ohio State and has eight points (two goals, six assists) over that stretch while Ben Meyers has points in four-straight against Ohio State and five of his six career games against the Buckeyes.
MCLAUGHLIN, MCMANUS EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Blake McLaughlin was tabbed the Big Ten First Star of the Week and Brannon McManus was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week following the Arizona State series. McLaughlin led the Big Ten with seven points (four goals, three assists) and led the nation with 3.50 points per game and tied for the NCAA lead with four goals over the last week including a career-high four points in Thursday's win. McManus also tied for the NCAA lead with four goals and notched six points in the series including his second career hat trick on Thursday (Minnesota's first natural hat trick since Sam Warning accomplished the feat against Ohio State on Jan.18, 2004.
GOPHER HOCKEY NOTABLES
Scott Reedy tied the program record with five assists in Thursday's win (a career high for points for the senior). The feat marked the 11th five-assist performance in program history and the first since Gino Guyer on March 27, 2003...Brannon McManus and Sammy Walker tallied Minnesota's first hat tricks of the season on Thursday -- the first time Minnesota had multiple hat tricks in a game since Thomas Vanek, Jon Waibel and Troy Riddle did so in a 12-1 win over Alabama Huntsville on Nov. 1, 2002....Jack LaFontaine picked up his third shutout of the season and third of his career on Thursday...after tallying his first collegiate points with two assists on Thursday, freshman defenseman Carl Fish added his first career goal on Friday. All 24 Gophers who have played this season have now recorded a point including goaltenders Jack LaFontaine and Jared Moe...the Gophers boast the nation's most offensive-minded sophomore class with 63 points (22 goals, 41 assists) this season while the sophomores lead all Minnesota classes in scoring this season.