An early lead and 29-save performance from goaltender Jake Hildebrand helped the Michigan State hockey team shut out third-ranked Michigan, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Great Lakes Invitational Consolation Game at Comerica Park. Thomas Ebbing’s goal at 1:23 of the first period stood as the difference as the Spartans improved to 6-9-2 on the season.
Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining.
The Big Ten went 1-1 in Friday night’s conference hoops action, highlighted by Ohio State’s 71-31 blowout win over Louisiana-Monroe. With the victory, Ohio State finished the non-conference season with a perfect 13-0 record. Northwestern fell to DePaul 57-56 on a last second buzzer-beater in the other Big Ten game on Friday night.
Mitch Leidner and the Gophers did all they could to capture the program’s first bowl win since 2004, but Minnesota’s Cinderella season came to an end Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Catch up on all the stats, scores, tweets and postgame video highlights in this post.
The new year is fast approaching, which means that Big Ten play is just around the corner. A total of six Big Ten teams will hit the hardwood on Saturday, highlighted by a quadruple-header of hoops in store on BTN.
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Michigan will be without preseason All-American Mitch McGary after head coach John Beilein announced today that the sophomore forward has elected to have a surgery performed on his lower back.