Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release
Jan. 4, 2018


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• All seven teams take this ice this week, including a trio of conference series and a top 10 non-conference series between No. 10/10 Minnesota and No. 1/2 St. Cloud State. Five games will be carried on linear networks, with the remaining contests streaming on BTN Plus and BTN2Go.

• Following a 4-2 win over Russia, the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team advanced to the 2018 World Juniors semifinals. The team, which includes Michigan’s Quinn Hughes, Will Lockwood and Josh Norris, Minnesota’s Ryan Lindgren and Casey Mittelstadt, Notre Dame’s Andrew Peeke and Wisconsin’s Trent Frederic, will face Sweden in the semifinals on Thursday. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Three alums from current Big Ten schools have been named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games: Chad Kolarik from Michigan, Jim Slater from Michigan State and Ryan Stoa from Minnesota. In addition, a trio of current and former Badgers will head Team USA’s management and coaching staff. Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato will serve as head coach of Team USA, former UW defenseman, NHL award-winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios heads a group of assistants and Jim Johannson, who played with Granato at Wisconsin as well as on the American squad that competed in the ‘88 Games in Calgary, is the general manager. The men’s hockey tournament will begin on Feb. 14 with the gold medal game scheduled for Feb. 25.

• Over the semester break, Notre Dame senior captain Jake Evans, one of the NCAA’s leading scorers, helped Team Canada capture the 2017 Spengler Cup Championship in Davos, Switzerland. Hockey Canada officials were using the Spengler Cup as an evaluation tool to help determine their roster for the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Notre Dame paces conference teams at No. 1 in the coaches rankings and No. 2 in the USCHO.com rankings. Ohio State follows at No. 8/8, Minnesota checks in at No. 10/10, Penn State comes in at No. 14 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 13 in the coaches rankings, while Wisconsin is No. 15/15. Michigan is also receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll.

• Since the 2013-14 season, five Big Ten schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin) have been ranked in the top five of both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Those five teams have combined to be ranked in the top five of both polls a total of 78 times, with at least one top-five team in 58 out of 113 weeks.

• Michigan’s Cooper Marody and Notre Dame’s Jake Evans pace the nation and the conference with 28 points and 21 assists.

• Big Ten teams currently occupy four of the top 15 positions on the national team scoring list. Penn State leads the nation with 4.10 goals per game, followed by Michigan in seventh (3.50), Notre Dame in 13th (3.35) and Wisconsin in 15th with 3.33 goals per contest.

• Notre Dame is 10-0-0-0 in conference action, making it the first Big Ten team ever to win its first 10 conference contests of the season. The Fighting Irish are the second team to go undefeated through 10 games and the first since Minnesota started 8-0-2-0 in 2013-14 as part of a 10-game unbeaten streak to open conference play.

• Tickets are on sale for the third annual “Super Saturday – College Hoops & Hockey” doubleheader, which will feature Ohio State taking on Minnesota in men’s basketball and Michigan State facing the Gophers in hockey at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The men’s basketball contest will tip off at Noon ET, and the hockey game will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com), by calling (866) 858-0008 or at MSG.com.