Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eric Schierhorn and Kate Schipper earn player of the week awards

Another week, another award for Eric Schierhorn.

Schierhorn earned a Big Ten honor for the second straight week. This week he is joined by Kate Schipper as Gopher players recognized for their play.

Schierhorn was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week on Tuesday for his performance in Minnesota's 5-1 and 5-2 wins over Penn State. The sophomore goaltender stopped 66 of 69 shots against a Nittany Lions that entered the weekend as the most potent in college hockey.

Schierhorn gave credit for the performance to his teammates.

“It just shows it’s a team effort. Sometimes my first effort isn’t good enough,” Schierhorn said after Saturday's series sweep. “I think I said it last weekend. That’s how a team works. I bail them out, and sometimes they bail me out.”

Last week he was named the Third Star of the Week. Since Minnesota came back from holiday break on December 30th, Schierhorn has a .932 save percentage.

Joining Schierhorn were Ohio State's Nick Schilkey as the second star and Michigan's Cooper Marody as the third star. (Both finished with six points and were also among the 3 NCAA stars of the week.) In an offensive week, that left out Leon Bristedt, who finished with a hat trick Saturday.

Schipper was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week in her return performance from missing Minnesota's last 3 games.

The senior had a NCAA-high six points (3G-3A) in a pair of wins against Minnesota State. She was on the ice for seven of the ten goals the Gophers scored last weekend, as Minnesota advanced to 5-0-1 in its last six games.

UMD goalie Maddie Rooney was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Wisconsin freshman Abby Roque earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week honor.

The Gopher men head out to Ohio State for games Friday and Saturday. The Gopher women return home to Ridder Arena for only the second time in 2017 this weekend when Minnesota hosts North Dakota.

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