March 11, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – Days after securing a sweep of Penn State, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team also went two-for-two in the Big Ten’s Star of the Week award, as Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y) and Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) were named the First and Second Stars of the Week, respectively.
The pair exploded for 12 of Wisconsin’s 19 points in the two-game set, with both players tallying two goals and four assists on the weekend.
Both of Zengerle’s goals came when they mattered most, as he iced a tight game with a late, short-handed, empty-netter on Friday night before punching in the game-winner with 20.3 seconds left in overtime in Saturday’s contest. His clutch performance earned him the First Star of the Week for the first time this season.
The senior also moved into eighth place for the most assists in Wisconsin history, with 118 career helpers. His stellar weekend also helped him catch Tim Thomas for 27th on UW’s all-time point-scoring list, with 154 for his career. He now leads the team with 36 points this season.
With the Zengerle’s achievement, the First Star of the Week has been a Badger in three of the last four series UW has played.
Kerdiles’ weekend was nearly as impressive. The sophomore assisted on both of Zengerle’s late goals, and his short-handed, between-the-legs finish was one of the highlights of the weekend. The score pushed him into the Big Ten lead with four short-handed points for the season.
His two multi-point games last weekend gave him 11 for the season. That total leads the team, despite Kerdiles having missed significant time due to injury. His is now averaging 1.30 points per game, a number that would rank fifth in the nation if he had played in enough games to qualify.
It is the second time that Kerdiles has been a Star of the Week this year, as he was named First Star on Dec. 10.
Kerdiles and Zengerle will lead the Badgers back onto the ice for Wisconsin’s final series of the year this weekend, as they take on Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s contest is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin alternate.
Minnesota’s Mike Reilly was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week.