MADISON, Wis. – Veteran University of North Dakota forward Danny Kristo, who produced three goals and five points and earned First and Second Star of the Game honors while helping his team earn three of four points over visiting conference rival Minnesota Duluth last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 20.
A 5-11, 185-pound senior from Eden Prairie, Minn., Kristo opened the two-game series with a pair of goals from his left wing position last Friday (Nov. 16) night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks to earn First Star of the Game honors, scoring at 1:39 of the second period to give UND a 2-1 lead and then again at 10:39 to even the score at 3-3 as the two teams played to a 4-4 (ot) tie. Then on Saturday (Nov. 17) evening, Kristo moved over to right wing and was named the Second Star of the Game, scoring UND’s first goal of the game and adding two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over the Bulldogs. He set up linemate Mark MacMillan for both the game-tying (5:53 of the third period) and game-winning goals (4:26 of overtime) on highlight-reel plays and was named the Second Star of the Game. In addition to his five points in the series, Kristo also fired nine shots on goal and earned a +2 plus/minus rating.
A draftee of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, Kristo has now reached the scoresheet in all but one of his eight games this season and leads the North Dakota team with 12 points (4g, 8a).
Also nominated: Jordan George, F, BSU; William Rapuzzi, F, CC; Chris Knowlton, F, DU; Alex Petan, F, MTU.