Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release - Oct. 22




Oct. 22, 2013

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BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT – Michigan State’s Shawn Horcoff: Before embarking on a career in the National Hockey League that now includes more than 800 games played, Michigan State forward Shawn Horcoff was a model student-athlete in East Lansing. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2000, the same year that he was named a first-team All-America selection. Horcoff, who was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, currently plays for the Dallas Stars and needs just one point to reach the 450-point plateau for his career.
 
Where We Rank: Minnesota claimed the top spot in the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, released on Monday. Thanks to a 4-0-0 start, the Gophers are ranked No. 1 in both polls for the first time since Feb. 4, 2013. Minnesota is joined in both polls by Michigan (No. 4/4) and Wisconsin (No. 11/11) while Ohio State is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll …
 
Facing the Challenge: This weekend will mark the conclusion of the inaugural Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge, with the Big Ten looking to overcome a 9-4 deficit. The event consists of 13 designated games to be played between Oct. 18-27, with two points awarded for each win, one point for each tie and a bonus point for road wins …
 
Starting Fast: Minnesota and Michigan are each off to their best start in two years, with each school unbeaten through four games …
 
Power-Play Prowess: No team in the nation has been more efficient on the power play this season than Michigan. Through four games, the Wolverines are converting on 37.5 percent of their man-advantages, tallying six goals on 16 opportunities …
 
Taking on the Best: Three Big Ten teams are set to face ranked opponents this weekend, including a top-five matchup between No. 1 Minnesota and No. 5 Boston College …
 
The Freshman Factor: Freshmen continue to make significant impacts across the Big Ten so far this season, with two newcomers (Michigan’s Tyler Motte and Minnesota’s Justin Kloos) earning spots among this week’s Big Ten Hockey Three Stars. To date, first-year players have accounted for 17 of the 64 goals scored by Big Ten schools (26.6 percent) as well as 46 of the 176 total points (26.1 percent) …
 
Neutral Ice is Nice: For the second straight season, Penn State is set to face Vermont at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. In last season’s matchup, the Nittany Lions skated away with a 4-2 victory in front of 19,529 fans …
 
On Sale Now: Tickets for the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, slated for March 20-22, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., are now on sale. Ticket packages can be purchased at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com