Kloos Named Big Ten’s Second Star

by Ben Gotz

Saturday night, teammates mobbed Justin Kloos on the ice after he delivered a win for the Gophers with an overtime goal. Tuesday, that goal helped him earn the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week.

The goal was also Kloos' third of the night, so hats began to hit the ice during the celebration. After the 4-3 victory, Kloos could not even remember the last time he scored a hat trick.

"It wasn't in juniors and it wasn't last year, so I'm guessing high school," Kloos said. "It was pretty fun to be able to get a chance."

Kloos' five goals put him tied for the Big Ten lead in goals. Kloos also leads the Gophers in goals after leading the team last year with 16.

Goaltender Jake Hildebrand of Michigan State earned the Big Ten's first star this week after saving 35 of 37 shots he faced in a weekend series against Ferris State. Goaltender Matt Tomkins of Ohio State earned the third star after 46 of 48 shots over the weekend against Canisius.