Penn State freshman Zach Saar scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to lift the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 win over Michigan in the opening game of the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament. Taylor Holmstrom added a goal and sophomore goalie Matthew Skoff had 52 saves for Penn State.
On Tuesday, six Big Ten hockey coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. BTN/BTN2Go will air the inaugural Big Ten tourney in its entirety, starting Thursday afternoon and ending Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
The Big Ten Conference announced the hockey All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Monday as selected by the conference’s coaches and a media panel. Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox was named Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year. Fellow Gopher Mike Reilly earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, awarded to a defenseman or forward, while Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was tabbed Coach of the Year. Michigan’s JT Compher collected Freshman of the Year laurels.
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.
The first Big Ten men’s hockey regular season wraps up this weekend, which means the first Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament is next week. The Big Ten will release the official six-team bracket on Saturday after the No. 1-ranked Minnesota plays at Michigan on BTN/BTN2Go.
What did the dog of former Michigan State goalie (1999-2001) and current Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller do while his owner was minding the net for Team USA in Sochi? He toured Miller’s campus and visited all of the top spots, of course. See pictures of Miller’s french bulldog Puck in front of Magic’s statue and in the net at Munn Ice Arena, plus so much more, in this post.