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.
With a 3-2 overtime victory Friday against Michigan, Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten Championship. By virtue of taking the inaugural conference crown, the Gophers (25-4-6, 14-2-3-0 Big Ten) claimed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament.
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.
We had two Big Ten men’s hockey games on Friday night. In the first game of the night, Ohio State and Michigan skated to a 2-2 tie, with the Buckeyes notching a 1-0 win in the shootout. In the second game of the evening, No. 2 Minnesota cruised to an impressive 5-1 victory over Penn State at Mariucci Ice Arena. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post.
The Canadian women’s hockey team won Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics by defeating Team USA in a dramatic overtime comeback on Thursday, and each team featured several players who play or played for Big Ten schools. Team USA goalie and Wisconsin product Jessie Vetter played in net while Team USA captain and Wisconsin product Meghan Duggan added one of the two U.S. goals.