NAHL Alumni Series – Romanko & Kautz

Darian Romanko – Wilderness Alumni (13-14, 14-15)

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So far this season, Romanko has appeared in 16 games for the Gophers and recorded two points.

Romanko skated in 34 games for the Gophers as a rookie • recorded four assists in his freshman season • notched his first point as a Gopher with an assist against St. Cloud State on Nov. 29 • contributed in back-to-back wins against Penn State and Michigan State with one assist in each game • posted one assist in Minnesota’s 9-2 win over Wisconsin in Madison • earned first letter.

Romanko played two seasons with the Minnesota Wilderness in the NAHL for Gopher All-American Corey Millen • helped the Wilderness capture the 2015 NAHL Robertson Cup for the organization’s first-ever title • led all NAHL skaters with 19 points in the playoffs and tied for the league lead in playoff goals with seven and playoff assists with 12 • skated in the longest game in NAHL history to open the Robertson Cup finals – a four-overtime 2-1 win that lasted one hour, 33 minutes and three seconds • led the Wilderness and ranked second in the NAHL with 31 goals during the 2014-15 regular-season • also led the team and tied for eighth in the NAHL with 61 points (31 goals, 30 assists) in 54 regular-season games during the 2014-15 season • named to the 2014-15 NAHL All-Midwest Division Team • competed at the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Brock Kautz – Wilderness Almuni (14-15)

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Kautz made his Gophers debut on March 5, 2016 against Michigan State, making eight saves in 35:30 of play and earned first letter.

Prior to playing for Minnesota, he spent five seasons in the NAHL including 2014-15 with the Minnesota Wilderness under Gophers All-American Corey Millen • backstopped the Wilderness as the organization captured its first-ever Robertson Cup in 2015 and was named Most Valuable Player of the Robertson Cup Finals after allowing just one goal in two games (best-of-three series) • only goal against in the finals came in a four-overtime 2-1 series-opening win – the longest game in NAHL history at one hour, 33 minutes and three seconds • pitched a 26-save shutout to complete the sweep in a 4-0 win to capture the Robertson Cup • posted 10-straight playoff wins in route to the title and led all NAHL goalies in the playoffs with a 10-1 record, a 1.43 GAA and a .944 save percentage • recorded a 14-8-1 regular-season record in 2014-15 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA • skated with fellow Gopher signee Darian Romanko with the Wilderness • began his NAHL career with the Owatonna Express in 2010-11 and went on to spend three seasons (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) with the Janesville Jets • appeared in 126 career NAHL regular-season games with a 57-53-12 record, six shutouts, a 2.73 GAA and a .911 save percentage • also appeared in 13 career NAHL playoff games • competed in the 2013 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.

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