Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release

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• Six schools will be in action this weekend, including one conference series and three non-conference series. Wisconsin hosts Michigan in the weekend’s lone conference matchups, with the games scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center. Minnesota will host Harvard, while Notre Dame visits Rensselaer and Penn State travels to Arizona State. Michigan State will face Ferris State in a home-and-home series, with the Spartans hosting the series-opener on Friday.

• With a pair of wins over Penn State last weekend, Notre Dame improved to 4-0-0-0 in conference action to become the first Big Ten team ever to win its first four conference contests of the season. The Fighting Irish are the second team to go undefeated through four games and the first since Minnesota started 3-0-1-0 in 2013-14 as part of a 10-game unbeaten streak to open conference play (8-0-2-0).

• Three Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Notre Dame paces conference teams at No. 4 in both the USCHO.com and the coaches rankings. Minnesota follows at No. 7/6, Wisconsin checks in at No. 9/10, while Ohio State and Michigan are No. 16 and No. 17 in the USCHO.com poll, respectively, and are both receiving votes the coaches 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 73 times, with at least one top-five team in 53 out of 108 weeks. During that span, the Gophers have earned a spot in the top five of both polls 43 times.

• Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn made his 87th-straight start on Saturday - the most consecutive starts among all active NCAA goaltenders and seventh all-time in NCAA history. The two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year leads the conference in saves (305) and shutouts (2).

• Notre Dame’s Jake Evans paces the nation and all conference players with 19 points through 12 games. Evans also leads the country in assists (15) and faceoffs won (176).

• Michigan’s Tony Calderone and Penn State’s Andrew Sturtz lead the Big Ten in goal scoring with seven goals each. Sturtz also paces the conference in short-handed goals with two.

• Big Ten teams currently occupy four of the top 15 positions on the national team scoring list. Michigan ranks fourth nationally with 3.90 goals per game, followed by Notre Dame in ninth (3.50), Penn State in 12th (3.42) and Wisconsin in 14th with 3.23 goals per contest.

• Penn State’s Denis Smirnov and Wisconsin’s Seamus Malone lead the nation and all conference players in game-winning goals with three each.

• Three active Big Ten coaches have amassed at least 200 wins in their careers, led by two who have more than 400 career victories. Minnesota’s Don Lucia is the conference’s active wins leader with 724 victories. He is followed by Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson (458) and Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky (263). Lucia currently ranks second among active Division I coaches in career victories, while Jackson ranks sixth.

• 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.