• Six schools will be in action this weekend, including a trio of conference series. No. 11/13 Ohio State will host Penn State, while Michigan State welcomes No. 4/3 Notre Dame. No. 14/12 Wisconsin travels to No. 7/7 Minnesota for a top-15 matchup to round out the weekend of Friday-Saturday conference series.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Notre Dame paces conference teams at No. 4 in the USCHO.com rankings and No. 3 the coaches rankings. Minnesota follows at No. 7/7, Ohio State checks in at No. 11/13, while Wisconsin is No. 14/12. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are all receiving votes 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 75 times, with at least one top-five team in 55 out of 110 weeks. During that span, the Gophers have earned a spot in the top five of both polls 43 times.
• For the third consecutive week, Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris was named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week. The sophomore goaltender backstopped the Fighting Irish to a weekend sweep of Minnesota, making 84 saves for a .977 save percentage as the Fighting Irish extended their nation-leading winning streak to nine games. Morris is the first student in conference history to claim three-straight First Star accolades. The sophomore currently leads the nation with a .952 save percentage and a .917 winning percentage.
• Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn made his 91st-straight start on Saturday to tie Notre Dame alum Cal Petersen for fifth all-time in NCAA history for consecutive starts by a goalie. The junior’s streak is the most consecutive starts among all active NCAA goaltenders.
• Notre Dame’s Jake Evans paces the nation and the league with 25 points through 16 games. Evans also leads the country in assists (19), game winning goals (3) and faceoffs won (229).
• Michigan’s Tony Calderone leads the Big Ten in goal scoring with 10 goals in 14 games, while Michigan State’s Mitchell Lewandowski follows closely with nine. Lewandowski, Notre Dame’s Jake Evans, Penn State’s Denis Smirnov and Wisconsin’s Seamus Malone, tie for the conference lead in game-winning goals with three each.
• Big Ten teams currently occupy four of the top 15 positions on the national team scoring list. Penn State ranks fourth nationally with 3.81 goals per game, followed by Michigan in eighth (3.50), Wisconsin in ninth (3.47) and Notre Dame in 13th with 3.31 goals per contest.
• Notre Dame is 6-0-0-0 in conference action, making it the first Big Ten team ever to win its first six conference contests of the season. The Fighting Irish are the second team to go undefeated through six games and the first since Minnesota started 5-0-1-0 in 2013-14 as part of a 10-game unbeaten streak to open conference play (8-0-2-0).
• 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 726 victories. He is followed by Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson (462) and Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky (266). 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.