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PENN STATE 5, #10/10 MICHIGAN 4 (OT)
After sophomore Casey Bailey tied the game with five seconds left in regulation, freshman David Goodwin completed the comeback as his overtime game-winner lifted the Penn State men's hockey team to a 5-4 victory against No. 10/10 Michigan at Yost Ice Arena Friday night. The Nittany Lions, who improved to 6-19-2 overall and 2-10-1-0 in the Big Ten, exploded for five goals against a Michigan defense that entered the game averaging fewer than two goals against per game at home. RECAP
#8/8 WISCONSIN 5, MICHIGAN STATE 2
Senior Michael Mersch tallied two goals and an assist while sophomore Nic Kerdiles added a goal and two assists to lead No. 8/8 Wisconsin to a 5-2 victory over Michigan State Friday night at the Kohl Center. Junior goalie Joel Rumpel registered 24 saves to notch his 15th victory of the season. RECAP
The 14 players from Big Ten schools taking part in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, made a very significant impact in the tournament's opening round, which concluded Sunday.
Former Minnesota standout Phil Kessel leads all players in the event with seven points (four goals, three assists), including a hat trick in Sunday's 5-1 win for the United States over Slovenia. Skating on a line with Kessel, former Badger Joe Pavelski is tied for fourth overall with three assists through three games. Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler has also tallied multiple points, registering a goal and an assist for the U.S. Also recording points for the United States were Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) with a goal and both Blake Wheeler (Minnesota) and Max Pacioretty (Michigan) with an assist each while Ryan Miller (Michigan State) claimed a victory in his lone start.
The United States finished first in Group A, earning the No. 2 seed for the playoff round. The U.S. will face either the Czech Republic or Slovakia in quarterfinal action on Wednesday.
Sweden claimed the No. 1 seed in the playoff round after posting a perfect record in Group C. Former Michigan player Carl Hagelin logged six shots and nearly 26 total minutes of ice time in the opening three games. Sweden will face the winner of Tuesday's game between Slovenia and Austria, which was led in assists by former Wolverine Brian Lebler (two assists). Former Gopher Thomas Vanek notched one assist in group play for Austria.
Earning the No. 3 seed after winning Group B was Canada, which was led in minutes by former Michigan State standout Duncan Keith (21:00 per game). Keith also picked up an assist and ranks second on the team with a plus/minus rating of +4. Canada will face either Switzerland or Latvia on Wednesday.
MICHIGAN STATE 2, PENN STATE 1
Joe Cox and Matt Berry each had a goal and an assist as the Michigan State hockey team topped Penn State, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. Berry broke a 1-1 tie with 5:04 to play in the third when he batted home a rebound to put MSU in front for good, 2-1. The Spartans (9-13-7, 3-5-6-4) were limited to just 13 shots in the game, while goaltender Jake Hildebrand made 28 saves at the other end, including several key stops early in the third with the game tied at one. RECAP
#2/2 MINNESOTA 4, #10/11 MICHIGAN 1
Freshman Hudson Fasching recorded a goal and an assist while fellow freshman Vinni Lettieri and junior Kyle Rau picked up a pair of assists to lead No. 2/2 Minnesota to a 4-1 victory over No. 10/11 Michigan Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox tallied 28 saves as the Gophers swept the Wolverines in a two-game series for the first time since Dec. 5-6, 1986. RECAP
#8/8 WISCONSIN 4, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2
Senior Mark Zengerle notched two goals and freshman Nic Kerdiles added a goal and an assist as No. 8/8 Wisconsin earned a series split with a 4-2 win over Ohio State Saturday night at Value City Arena. Junior goalie Joel Rumpel recorded 28 saves for the Badgers, who remain in second place in the Big Ten standings, seven points behind first-place Minnesota. RECAP
MICHIGAN STATE 2, PENN STATE 2 (MICHIGAN STATE wins shootout, 1-0)
The Michigan State hockey team played Penn State to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. The Spartans won the shootout though, 1-0, to claim the extra point in the Big Ten standings. It marked the third consecutive 2-2 tie for MSU, which is now 8-13-7 overall and 2-5-6-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 5-18-2 overall and 1-9-1-0 in the league. RECAP
OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2, #8/8 WISCONSIN 1
The Ohio State men's hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Wisconsin Friday in Value City Arena. Ohio State used first-period goals from Tyler Lundey and Darik Angeli, along with two assists from Nick Oddo and 29 saves from goalie Christian Frey, en route to the win. The Buckeyes, now 15-9-3 overall and 5-5-3-2 in the Big Ten, and Badgers (16-9-2, 7-5-1-0 B1G) will close the series at 8 p.m. Saturday in VCA, live on NBCSN. RECAP
#2/2 MINNESOTA 5, #10/11 MICHIGAN 3
On a night that started with the Golden Gophers honoring the legendary John Mayasich, No. 2 Minnesota turned on the offense in honor of the program's all-time leading scorer in a 5-3 win over No. 10/11 Michigan at Mariucci Arena. After being held to just three goals over the last three games, 12 Gophers tallied points in Friday's win including five different goal scorers. The freshmen class contributed four of the goals, moving their season total to 41 - the most among all freshmen classes in the NCAA this season. RECAP
OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2, MICHIGAN STATE 2 (OHIO STATE wins shootout, 1-0)
With two goals from junior Matt Johnson, two assists from senior Alex Lippincott and 30 saves from freshman Christian Frey, the Ohio State men's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie and shootout win at Michigan State Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes, now on a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2), come away from the series with Michigan Statewith four points after two overtime ties and shootout wins. RECAP
PENN STATE 4, #10/10 MICHIGAN 0
Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff turned aside all 32 shots he faced and the Nittany Lions utilized a three-goal first-period, as the Penn State men's hockey team captured its first Big Ten victory with a 4-0 win over the 10th-ranked Michigan Wolverines at Pegula Ice Arena Saturday night. The Nittany Lions, who played in front of a sellout crowd of 6,170 fans, became only the second school this season to blank Michigan. Penn State also earned its first shutout of the season, while Skoff earned his third career shutout. RECAP
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