There were two outstanding Big Ten hockey games tonight on BTN’s Frozen Friday. Ohio State kicked off the action with an overtime shootout victory over Michigan State. No. 12 Wisconsin followed with a huge upset win over No. 1-ranked Minnesota. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
WISCONSIN 2, MINNESOTA 1 | RECAP
For the first time in nearly two years, the Minnesota men’s hockey program suffered a sweep on Friday night as Wisconsin picked up its second 2-1 win in as many nights at the Kohl Center. The two-game skid marks the first time the Gophers have been swept since Feb. 10-11, 2012 at Denver. Minnesota (19-4-5 overall, 8-2-2-0 Big Ten) picked up a goal from Seth Ambroz, who leads the team with 12 goals this season. Five of Ambroz’s goals have come in four games against the Badgers.
OHIO STATE 2, MICHIGAN STATE 2 (OSU wins in shootout) | RECAP
With two power play goals in the final 1:34 of regulation – including the game-tying tally with 1.7 left on the clock – the Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied for a 2-2 tie at Michigan State Friday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes then won the shootout, 2-1 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in league standings. Junior Tanner Fritz put Ohio State on the board at 18:26 of the third and senior Alex Szczechura netted the gametying tally. Fritz also scored the shootout winner, with freshman Nick Schilkey also scoring in the shootout. Freshman goalie Christian Frey had 25 saves in the game, along with stops in the shootout win.
MICHIGAN 7, PENN STATE 3 | RECAP
Andrew Copp and Zach Hyman scored twice, JT Compher had a goal and two assists, and Mac Bennett matched a career high with three assists to help the No. 10 Michigan earn a 7-3 win at Penn State at Pegula Ice Arena. In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, seven different Wolverines had multiple-point efforts in the contest. With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time Division I coaching wins list.