Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release - Jan. 29
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT – Michigan’s Carl Hagelin: Before opening a successful career with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, Hagelin stood out both on the ice and in the classroom. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2011, the same year that he was named a second-team All-America selection. Hagelin was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while pursuing a degree in sport management. Hagelin was selected to represent Sweden at the upcoming XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Where We Rank: Minnesota remains No. 1 in both national polls and has held the top spot in one or both polls every week since Oct. 21. The Gophers have posted their best record through 24 games since 2006-07, when the team was 19-2-3 en route to the NCAA West Regional Final. Last weekend Minnesota claimed the inaugural North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center with a 4-1 victory over No. 5 St. Cloud State followed by a 4-4 tie and shootout win against Minnesota Duluth. Wisconsin, which split with Ohio State at the Kohl Center last weekend, remained at No. 9 in both polls for the third consecutive week. The Badgers will visit Michigan this weekend, which climbed two spots to No. 12 in both polls following a sweep of Michigan State. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 2-1 Thursday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in the rivals’ 50th meeting at the home of the Detroit Red Wings and completed the sweep with a 5-2 win Friday at Munn Arena. Ohio State is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll for the 11th consecutive week.
Lighting the Lamp: Buoyed by three of the nation’s top eight offenses, Big Ten teams are averaging a national-best 3.06 goals per game this season, well ahead of the national average of 2.82 goals per game. The Gophers, who rank second nationally with 3.83 goals per game, have scored four or more goals in 14 of their 24 games this season. The Buckeyes and Badgers are tied for fifth in the nation in scoring at 3.50 goals per game. Ohio State has scored four or more goals in 10 of their 22 contests while Wisconsin leads all Big Ten teams in conference play with 3.62 goals per contest.