In a trend we’re accustomed to, four Big Ten teams entered the NCAA Hockey Tournament, and only one is left.
Last Year I looked at how the move to the B1G has impacted Minnesota Hockey. Even a fifth consecutive conference championship could not get the Pride on Ice into the NCAA Tournament this spring. It is time to reset expectations for the B1G.
Michigan is the B1G's sole participant in the NCAA Tournament this year. They face off against future conference mate Notre Dame at 5:30 et/4:30 ct. The winner of this game will face the winner of North Dakota & Northeastern.
Mike Eaves has been let go by Wisconsin after back-to-back terrible seasons. Penn State will take on Michigan in the afternoon game while Ohio State and Minnesota face off in the night cap.
We have two games on tap today. Penn State hosts Wisconsin at 5 et/4 ct and Ohio State hosts Michigan State at 8:30 et/7:30 ct. All games on BTN and BTN2Go.
We've made it to the final weekend of B1G play with something at stake in each of the series. Minnesota look to close out another championship against Wisconsin while Michigan looks to hold off Penn State for the final bye in the B1G Tournament. OSU and MSU face off to determine 4th and 5th, the winner's coach will feel less heart this offseason. UNO and DU have a rematch this weekend in the first round of the NCHC Tournament. The winner of the best of the series moves on to the NCHC semifinals in Minneapolis
The second to last week of Big Ten play was not kind to the teams at the top. Minnesota and Penn State earned splits, but saw their NCAA At-Large hopes dashed. Michigan was swept, but is likely still a lock for the tournament.
A complete breakdown of the possible two-team tie-breakers with two weeks to go. Minnesota and Michigan can finish 1st-3rd, Penn State can finish 1st-4th, OSU can finish 3rd-6th, Michigan State and Wisconsin can finish 4th-6th.
Minnesota held serve while Ohio State vaulted up to 4th. UNO continues its late season slide.
The bottom four are back in action in B1G play with Penn State hosting Ohio State and Wisconsin hosting Michigan State. The Wolverines welcome old conference mate Ferris State to Yost on Friday while UNO hosts St. Cloud State.
Two great series gave us two hard fought splits.
We kick of the second half of the conference season with two series. Michigan looks to strengthen its case for a number one seed. Minnesota looks to hang on to its chances for an at-large bid while Penn State is looking to stay in the B1G title race.
There's a loaded slate of games this weekend for B1G Hockey fans. Every team is in action with two conference series, two non-cons and UNO playing. Michigan and Penn State will play at MSG on Saturday while the Gophers will see old foes.
Michigan and MSU were off this weekend, each hosting and beating the US U-18 team. Minnesota earned its first road sweep in Madison in a decade, while Penn State and Ohio State split in Columbus. UNO was swept at home by Miami.
Four games this weekend, Michigan and Michigan State will each play an exhibition against the US National Development Under-18 team. Michigan will host them on Thursday, State on Saturday. Penn State travels to Columbus while Minnesota heads to Madison. UNO hosts Miami OH.
We are a little over a third of the way through the conference slate and the teams are starting to slot into place. Minnesota and Penn State completed home sweeps of Michigan State and Wisconsin respectively. Ohio State took two from Michigan at home on Friday while the Wolverines responded with a home win Sunday evening.
Another full weekend with Michigan and OSU in a home-and-home, Wisconsin going to Penn State, Minnesota hosting Michigan State, and UNO playing a team in the middle of barren wilderness.