B1G hockey roundup: Ohio State, Wisconsin impress in wins
Friday featured a doubleheader of Big Ten hockey games on BTN. Ohio State kicked off the night with a 5-3 win over Michigan State, while Wisconsin followed with an impressive 5-2 victory over Michigan in the second game of the evening. Catch up on all the action in this post.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored three unanswered third-period goals to defeat Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena. Junior leading scorer Ryan Dzingel led the way for the Buckeyes with a hat trick and four points, including the game-winning tally. The Buckeyes, now 11-6-0 on the year and 1-2-0-0 in the Big Ten, and Spartans (6-10-2, 0-2-1-1 Big Ten) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
After more than a one-month interlude, the No. 14 Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s return to Big Ten hockey was a successful one as the Badgers used a pair of fortuitous early bounces and staved off a late Michigan (10-5-2, 2-1-0 B1G) rally to secure a 5-2 victory. Wisconsin (12-6-1, 3-2-0 B1G) raced out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of fluky goals. With both teams struggling early to gain traction on the offensive end, the Badgers benefitted from simply putting the puck on the net and waiting for good things to happen.