B1G Hockey Roundup: Freshmen shine as Minnesota tops U-M
There were three entertaining Big Ten hockey games Friday night. Michigan State kicked off the evening with a shootout win over Penn State. Ohio State followed with an impressive 2-1 victory over Wisconsin, and Minnesota topped Michigan, 5-3 in a top-10 matchup. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game highlights in this post.
MINNESOTA 5, MICHIGAN 3 | RECAP
On a night that started with the Golden Gophers honoring the legendary John Mayasich, No. 2 Minnesota turned on the offense in honor of the program’s all-time leading scorer in a 5-3 win over No. 10/11 Michigan at Mariucci Arena. After being held to just three goals over the last three games, twelve Gophers tallied points in Saturday’s win including five different goal scorers. The freshmen class contributed four of the goals, moving their season total to 41 – the most among all freshmen classes in the NCAA this season.
MICHIGAN STATE 2, PENN STATE 2 (MSU wins in shootout) | RECAP
The Michigan State hockey team played Penn State to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. The Spartans won the shootout though, 1-0, to claim the extra point in the Big Ten standings. It marked the third consecutive 2-2 tie for MSU, which is now 8-13-7 overall and 2-5-6-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 5-18-2 overall and 1-9-1-0 in the league. Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Mike Ferrantino tied the game for the Spartans, scoring on a rebound. Brent Darnell won the shootout for MSU in the seventh round as Jake Hildebrand turned away all seven shooters he faced. Hildebrand finished the game with 25 stops.
OHIO STATE 2, WISCONSIN 1 | RECAP
The Ohio State men’s hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over No. 8-ranked Wisconsin Friday in Value City Arena. Ohio State used first-period goals from Tyler Lundey and Darik Angeli, along with two assists from Nick Oddo and 29 saves from goalie Christian Frey, en route to the win. The Buckeyes, now 15-9-3 overall and 5-5-3-2 in the Big Ten, and Badgers (16-9-2, 7-5-1-0 B1G) will close the series at 8 p.m. Saturday in VCA, live on NBCSN. The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period. Just 2:08 into the game Oddo found Lundey outside the crease and he was able to score for a 1-0 Buckeye advantage, with Justin DaSilva picking up the second assist. At 14:25, hard work down low by the line of Angeli, Oddo and Lundey led to another goal, with an Oddo shot deflecting off Lundey and then in off Angeli’s shinpad. Ohio State outshot the Badgers, 14-6, in the period, and held UW scoreless on one power play chance.