Minnesota gets top seed in inaugural B1G hockey tourney

Minnesota gets top seed in inaugural B1G hockey tourney

The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, presented by Polaris RZR®. No. 1 Minnesota collected the top seed after earning the outright Big Ten title with a 3-2 overtime win Friday at Michigan. The 2014 Big Ten Tournament will be played Thursday-Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

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Minnesota led the conference with 45 points this season and a conference record of 14-3-3-0. Wisconsin enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a first-round bye along with Minnesota. The Badgers finished the conference season with 40 points and a 13-6-1-0 record.

The tournament will open at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, as third-seeded Michigan takes on sixth-seeded Penn State. Thursday’s second game is set for 7 p.m. as fourth-seeded Ohio State challenges fifth-seeded Michigan State. The Wolverines finished third in the conference standings with 33 points and a record of 10-8-2-1. The Buckeyes placed fourth with 27 points (6-9-5-4), two points ahead of the fifth-place Spartans (5-9-6-4). The Nittany Lions finished sixth with 10 points and a record of 3-16-1-0.

Friday’s semifinals open with second-seeded Wisconsin battling the winner of Thursday’s Michigan-Penn State game at 2 p.m. Friday’s second semifinal will feature top-seeded Minnesota facing the victor of Thursday’s Ohio State-Michigan State contest at 7 p.m.

The Big Ten Tournament championship game will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday. All five games will be broadcast live by BTN.

— BigTen.org