Big weekend for Gardiner, Schultz at UW.

Two of Anaheim’s 2008 draft picks had huge offensive performances for the University of Wisconsin a the College Hockey Showcase on Friday and Saturday.

Defensemen Jake Gardiner and Nick Schultz, drafted 17th (first round) and 43rd (second round), respectively, combined for 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the two games against Michigan State.

In the second game, a 4-1 Badgers victory, Gardiner had three points, all assists. Schultz notched a hat trick-the first hat trick by a Wisconsin defenseman since Barry Richter scored three goals against Minnesota Duluth exactly 18 years ago to the day on Nov. 27, 1992.

Gardiner, 20, had three points (two goals, assist) and Schultz, 20, scored two points (goal, assist) in a 4-4 tie against the Wolverines on Nov. 26 (first game). Gardiner finished the two-game showcase with six points (two goals, four points) and Nick Schultz had five points (four goals, assist).

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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