Boyd Named Big Ten’s Third Star

Ben Gotz

Travis Boyd's weekend was a tale of two games.

After the first, a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin, Boyd wore his ballcap and kept his head low as he explained what went wrong after the Gophers held a 2-0 third period lead. Saturday, Boyd was seen beaming by the Gophers bench after scoring his second goal of the first period.

In total, Boyd tallied four points over the weekend, including tying a career high with three points in the Gophers 5-2 win over the Badgers Saturday. Boyd picked up his second Big Ten weekly honor of the year for his efforts, after being named the conference's first star of the week in late October.

Boyd was able to generate offense with a new set of teammates against Wisconsin, centering the team's first line with senior Sam Warning and sophomore Hudson Fasching.

"It was good," Boyd said Friday. "Warning and Fasching both great players. Its’ fun to play with them out there. It’s fun to work with them and create with them. I thought we had a lot of good chances.

Boyd and his two new two new linemates were able to capitalize more on their chances Saturday, in a game that will be remembered less for its lopsided score and more for the brawl in the final seconds.

"I thought we finished our chances a little bit better tonight," Boyd said Saturday. "End of the game, I’m proud of the way our guys stood up for each other and handled that situation. "