Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release - March 11
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT – Michigan’s Gordon Wilkie: Wilkie, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1964, recorded 156 points (45 goals, 111 assists) during his career with the Wolverines from 1962-64. A first-team All-American in 1964, Wilkie captained the team and led the Wolverines with 51 assists. Included in that total were three assists in Michigan’s 6-3 win over Denver in the national championship game, giving the Wolverines their seventh national title. Wilkie was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 1989.
The Race for the Championship: With one weekend left in the regular season, Minnesota has 42 points and a five-point advantage over second-place Wisconsin. The Gophers can clinch a share of the Big Ten Championship with one point this weekend at Michigan and the outright title with two points regardless of Wisconsin’s results. For the Badgers to win a share of the conference crown or the outright championship, they would need to secure at least five points this weekend at Michigan State with the Gophers claiming one or less against the Wolverines. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have earned first-round byes in the Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament and will make their tournament debuts on Friday, March 21.
Where We Rank: Three Big Ten teams are ranked among the nation’s top 15 according to the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls released on Monday. Minnesota maintained the top spot in both rankings following a four-point weekend at Ohio State. This marks the 17th week this season that Minnesota has held the No. 1 position in at least one of the two national polls. The Gophers, who are 5-0-1 in their last six games, visit Michigan this weekend to conclude the regular season. The Wolverines are currently No. 13 in both polls after splitting a home-and-home series with Michigan State last weekend. Joining Minnesota in the top five is Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 5 in both polls. This is the 14th week this season that the Big Ten has had at least two teams in the top five. The Badgers will close out the regular season with a series at Michigan State this weekend. Ohio State, which is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll for the 17th consecutive week, will visit Penn State this weekend.