Big Ten hockey is here! The puck officially dropped Friday night, as bitter rivals Michigan and Ohio State opened the inaugural Big Ten hockey season. And what a thrilling first game it was. The third-ranked Wolverines outlasted the Buckeyes, 4-3, in overtime at Yost Ice Arena. Read full MGoBlue.com recap.
Want to tune into some Big Ten hockey this weekend? No problem. BTN has you covered. Here is a quick rundown of the upcoming Big Ten hockey schedule and a recap of recent news leading up the weekend ahead.
It was expected to be one of the most exciting games of the college hockey season, and that it was. In a breathtaking back-and-fourth contest, Minnesota and Boston College skated to a 3-3 tie Friday night.
On Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET BTN airs “Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey” right after the Boston College-Minnesota men’s hockey game at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it to learn more about Minnesota coach Herb Brooks and one of the best college hockey teams ever to take the ice for Minnesota’s storied program.
In April, Steve Rohlik was appointed head coach of the Buckeyes after spending three years as associate head coach under Mark Osiecki. Ohio State is Rohlik’s first college head coaching job after assisting at Minnesota-Duluth (2001-2010) and Nebraska-Omaha (1997-2000). Coming off a 16-17-7 campaign as part of the CCHA, the Buckeyes return the majority of their roster, including team captain Curtis Gedig on the blue line and forwards Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel, who finished one-two on the CCHA point leaderboards last season.
No individual embodies Penn State hockey like Joe Battista. As Associate Athletic Director for Ice Arena and Hockey Development, Battista knows the program inside and out. He played, coached, recruited, built it, even. The “godfather” of the team, he’s been through it all. Legitimizing high-level hockey at Penn State has been a century-long struggle.