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Gophers defend Big Ten crown, earn conference tourney's No. 1 seed

Final: Back-to-back #B1GHockey regular season CHAMPS! #PrideOnIce pic.twitter.com/sPjsgQibrN — Minnesota M Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 15, 2015 The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, with Minnesota collecting the top seed after earning its second consecutive Big Ten title. The Gophers clinched the outright conference crown and the No. 1 seed with a 6-2 win against Penn State on Saturday. Read GopherSports.com’s full recap. The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be played Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. [ MORE: View official Big Ten hockey tournament

BTN Hockey Report: Our guide to the final weekend of the regular season

We’re entering the final weekend of conference action and the race for first place in the Big Ten standings is on. Ohio State upset Minnesota and Penn State upset Michigan last Saturday to put the Spartans on top for now. Here are last week’s results: FRIDAY, MAR. 6 Minnesota def. Ohio State, 4-2 Michigan State def. Wisconsin, 3-0 Penn State def. Michigan, 6-4 SATURDAY, MAR. 7 Penn State def.  Michigan, 4-3 Ohio State def.  Minnesota, 5-2 Michigan State def. Wisconsin, 3-0 Here’s what’s ahead this week. MICHIGAN STATE AT NO. 19 MICHIGAN When: Friday, Mar. 13 7:05 p.m. ET; Saturday, Mar.

BTN Hockey Report: Previews & BTN2Go links for all three weekend series

Watch this week's "BTN Hockey Report" in full in this post and get previews for this weekend's three series - Penn State at Ohio State, Michigan State at Minnesota, and Wisconsin at Ohio State. Previews include TV viewing information and links to games available live on BTN2Go.

BTN Hockey Report: A viewing guide to this weekend's hockey action

It was a weekend of upset sweeps as Minnesota took down No. 12 Michigan in a series sweep at Mariucci Arena and the Spartans dethroned No. 19 Penn State at Munn Arena. Watch the latest “BTN Hockey Report” in the video above. A weekend of upsets shook up the Big Ten standings. Michigan and Minnesota are now tied for first place, while Michigan State and Penn State are tied for third place. Here’s a weekend preview of all your Big Ten hockey action: *** MICHIGAN VS OHIO STATE When: Friday, Feb. 20 7:05 p.m. ET; Sunday, Feb. 22 5 p.m. ET How

BTN Hockey Report previews Michigan-Minnesota, PSU-MSU

After this past weekend’s Big Ten showdown the top conference contenders are becoming more clear. Michigan scored a revenge win over Michigan State to send the Wolverines into the top spot. Meanwhile, Penn State’s comeback kids finds themselves second in the Big Ten ahead of Minnesota. FRIDAY, FEB. 6 PENN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 5-2 MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 4-2 SATURDAY, FEB 7 PENN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 4-1 No. 12 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 4-1 MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 6-2 This Friday it’s Wisconsin vs. Ohio State on BTN/BTN2Go at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by Michigan vs. Minnesota at 9 p.m.

BTN Hockey Report: Outdoor game highlights hockey weekend

Last weekend had m ore heated rivalries as Wisconsin faced Minnesota and Michigan State took on Michigan at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Michigan State managed to snap Michigan’s seven-game win streak last Friday night, and the teams meet again Saturday in the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s  Soldier Field. FRIDAY, JAN. 23 MICHIGAN STATE 2, No. 13 MICHIGAN 1 MINNESOTA 7, WISCONSIN 5 SATURDAY, JAN. 24 PENN STATE 4, No. 14 Vermont, 2 WISCONSIN 4, MINNESOTA, 4 (Badgers won in SO, 3-2) All six Big Ten teams play this weekend: No. 14 MICHIGAN VS MICHIGAN STATE When: Saturday, Feb. 7 at

Outdoor hockey's back: Spartans, Wolverines drop the puck on BTN

The Hockey City Classic college hockey doubleheader at Soldier Field on Saturday includes two games: Michigan State vs. Michigan at 8 p.m. ET ahead of Miami (Ohio) vs. Western Michigan at 4 p.m. ET. The Michigan-Michigan State game airs live on BTN/BTN2Go. MSU (10-11-2 overall, 4-3-2-2 Big Ten) and Michigan (15-8, 7-2) play for the second time in the last nine days. Michigan State won the first game, 2-1. Read one preview of the outdoor game at MSUSpartans.com and read more at MGoBlue.com. Last year’s Hockey City Classic was held at Minnesota when the Gophers beat Ohio State 1-0 at TCF