Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State are three of the 16 men’s hockey teams in the NCAA Tournament that leads to the Frozen Four. Michigan (9), Minnesota (5), and Michigan State (3) have combined for 17 NCAA championships. There’s more info at NCAA.com’s hockey section, including a great interactive bracket with game times and TV info.
(AP) Sarah Erickson scored two goals, Noora Raty stopped 42 shots and Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA women’s hockey final on Sunday. Amanda Kessel and Emily West also scored for Minnesota, which won its third national title and first since the 2004-05 season.
The Internet’s hockey fans are abuzz today because it’s the 32nd anniversary of the day the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union on the way to winning the gold medal (USA Hockey is doing a number of things on their Facebook page). The observation of the anniversary reminded us of two things related to the Big Ten. First, we recently profiled the late Herb Brooks on “Big Ten Icons” and you can watch the clip in this post.
Thanks to great special teams effort, including two power play goals, the 5th-ranked Wolverines notched a big victory against 20th-ranked Northern Michigan, 4-1. Watch the highlights now and tune to BTN at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday for women’s ice hockey action as Ohio State faces off against Wisconsin.
Junior All-America candidate Torey Krug singlehandedly brought Michigan State out of a two-goal hole and his assist on Matt Berry’s game-winner in the third period helped the 17th-ranked Spartans down archrival Michigan, 3-2, in front of 7,103 fans at Munn Ice Arena. The decision marked Michigan State’s third straight victory, while it snapped Michigan’s three-game winning streak. Read the full recap at MSUSpartans.com. Or at MGoBlue.com. The Spartans and Wolverines meet meet for the fifth time this season on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
With the news that the NHL rivals Detroit and Toronto will face off in the University of Michigan’s football stadium next winter for the league’s Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2013, we thought of another hockey game played there two years ago. Remember back in 2010? Michigan won that game, 5-0.
Brendan Woods was the lone goal scorer for Wisconsin in their 5-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Friday night. The teams play the second game of their back-back weekend series on Saturday.