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Minnesota at Ohio State
The Gophers traveled to Columbus this weekend and beat the Buckeyes 5-1 on Friday night. With the win, Minnesota clinched a first round bye in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament. Justin Kloos and Kyle Rau did the only scoring in the first period on Friday to put the Gophers up 2-0, but it was the second period where the Gophers really took off. Minnesota outscored the Buckeyes 3-1 on scores by Taylor Cammarata, Connor Reilly, and Vinni Lettieri. The lone Ohio State score came by way of Tanner Fritz's 6th goal of the season.
Ohio State fell behind quickly on Saturday after Minnesota scored at the 2:32 mark of the first period on a Kyle Rau goal, and the score would remain 1-0 until 2:31 into the third period. Ohio State's Ryan Dzingel tallied his 18th score of the season to even things up, but it was a mere 24 seconds later that the Gophers' Gabe Guertler put Minnesota back in front. Nick Schilkey brought the Buckeyes even yet again, sending the game to an extra session where he also scored the only goal. Minnesota's Adam Wilcox put forth quite an effort in a 41-save game. He's now an impressive 22-4-6 on the season.
Next for Minnesota: at Michigan 3/14 and 3/15. The games can be seen at 6:30 ET and 7:00 ET on ESPNews and BTN respectively.
Next for Ohio State: at Penn State 3/14 and 3/15.
Wisconsin at Penn State
The Badgers are proving themselves to be a dangerous team here at the end of the regular season and have clinched the 2-seed in the conference tournament. Friday night saw Nic Kerdiles and Mark Zengerle each tally four points (1 goal and three assists for each) in a 4-2 win that saw Penn State rally for two goals in the third period. Joel Rumpel, once again, is also proving to be one of the best netminders in the country. He had 24 saves on the night, and held the Nittany Lions scoreless through 52 minutes of play. Casey Bailey and Taylor Holmstrom put the two PSU goals on the board, but Rumpel was just too good. Some credit should also go to Lions goalie PJ Musico who stopped 30 shots.
Saturday could have been a huge win for the Lions, as Kenny Brooks sent the game into OT with just 2:44 to go in regulation. Penn State played the Badgers tough through most of the extra session, but gave up the game winner to Wisconsin's Mark Zengerle with just 20 seconds to go. It's quite possible that Penn State is the best worst team in the country right now. With what they've been able to do against Michigan (sigh) and what they were almost able to do against the Badgers, don't be surprised if this team is even more competitive next year.
Next for Wisconsin: at Michigan State. Saturday's game will be on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Next for Penn State: Ohio State.
Michigan vs Michigan State
This was a home-and-home series between the Spartans and Wolverines, with Michigan doing what they do best...playing well for one game and then like crap the next. After completely destroying the Spartans 7-1 on Friday, Michigan jumped out to a 3-1 lead before surrendering 3 unanswered goals in the 4-3 defeat at Munn Ice Arena. You can check out my recap of this series here.
Michigan will play Minnesota in what is sure to be an exciting rematch of the Valentine's weekend series that saw Andrew Sinelli and Michael Downing receive suspensions for separate hits against the Gophers.