Gopher Hockey Notebook: Briggs honored

Freshman goalie Kellen Briggs was honored for his performance last week in the college hockey showcase. Also, Gopher recruit Derek Peltier has helped Cedar Rapids set a record, and newly signed Tom Pohl is among the USHL scoring leaders. Read about this and more in the GoldenSports.Net Gophers hockey notebook.

Minnesota freshman goaltender Kellen Briggs (Colorado Springs, Colo./Millard North HS) has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week, following his outstanding performance last weekend in the net during Minnesota's 2-0-0 showing at the College Hockey Showcase. Briggs picked up both wins at Michigan State and No. 5 Michigan, stopping 53 of 56 shots for a .946 saves percentage.

Versus Michigan State, Briggs allowed just one goal while stopping 23 shots in a 5-1 win. Prior to the Spartan goal, he was riding a shutout streak of 93:16. Against Michigan, Briggs had a spectacular game in leading Minnesota to a 4-2 win over the fifth-ranked Wolverines. Briggs stopped 30 shots and did not allow a goal in the final 46:13 to allow Minnesota to come back from a 2-1 deficit. For the weekend, he had four shutout periods.

Briggs is 3-0-0 in his last three games and 5-4-1 overall on the season. Briggs has allowed only three goals in his last three games and has seen his goals-against average drop to 2.85 from 3.62 and his saves percentage rise from .871 to .895.

Peltier Part of Record-Setter

Gopher hockey recruit Derek Peltier of the Cedar Rapids Roughriders helped break the team record for most consecutive wins (10) with two wins last weekend. The previous record was eight. Cedar Rapids is currently in first place in the USHL East division with a record of 15-5 and 31 points, two points ahead of Danville, who is 13-4 and has 29 points.

Pohl Makes Points

Newly signed Gopher recruit Tom Pohl, brother of former Gopher scoring sensation Johnny Pohl, is currently fifth in the USHL in scoring with 25 points - six goals and 19 assists. Marty Mjellei of Des Moines is the leading scorer with 29 points – 16 goals and 13 assists.

Speaking of Polls, Gophers Gaining Attention

Don't look now, but the Gophers men's team is slowly making waves in the polls. Considering the team was ranked No. 1 to start the season in both the USA Today/American Hockey Poll and the poll, that's not saying much. But considering their poor start, people are noticing the Gophers are improved. The team received 17 votes in the latest USA Today/American Hockey Poll, and 17 votes in the poll. The top five is the same in both polls. North Dakota is ranked No. 1, followed by Boston College, Maine, Colorado College, and New Hampshire. The Gophers meanwhile, are ranked No. 17 in the nation, according to the top 20 power rankings.

At Alaska Anchorage - Gophers Beware

The Gophers are at Alaska Anchorage Friday and Saturday. Anchorage is 1-5-2 in the WCHA, 4-6-2 overall. While it seems as if it should be an easy four points for the Gophers, keep in mind the Seawolves tied league leader St. Cloud State 2-2 last weekend - at St. Cloud. The Gophers can't take this trip lightly.

Game time is 10:05 p.m. both nights. There is no television, but the games will be broadcast live on 950 AM.

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