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.
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.
Four years ago, Ryan Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player as the United States men’s hockey team won the silver medal. This weekend, the US will be playing for the bronze and “home” will have their collective eyes on the ice in Sochi.
There were two exciting Big Ten hockey games on Friday night. Penn State notched a memorable 5-4 upset win over Michigan in the first game of the night. No. 8 Wisconsin followed with an impressive 5-2 victory over Michigan State. Catch up on all the stats, scores 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.