MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gophers’ junior Sam Warning had a career night to help his team sweep Ohio State in Big Ten hockey on Saturday, and he received a weekly conference award on Tuesday for his efforts.

Warning was named the league’s Second Star of the Week after netting a hat trick Saturday night in a 4-2 win over the Buckeyes. That, coupled with Minnesota’s win over Ohio State in the Hockey City Classic Friday night, let the Gophers earn a weekend sweep. The Gophers remained the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the nation.

It was the first natural hat trick for Warning in his career, and it helped the Gophers come back from a 2-0 deficit. The third of his three straight goals turned out to be the game-winner.

The Gophers are unbeaten in their last 10 games, which is the longest current such streak in college hockey. Warning is Minnesota’s top point scorer and is second in the Big Ten with 26 points, including 10 goals.

Minnesota hosts in the inaugural North Star College Cup this weekend at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The event includes the Gophers, UMD, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato. The Gophers face the Huskies at 7 p.m. Saturday.


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