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NCAA College Hockey News

Saturday, 21 March, 2015 11:21 PM

Michigan and Minnesota in 2015 Big Ten Final at JLA

Photo credit: Rolco Sports Network

The six-team conference was formed prior to the 2013-14 season and includes Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, which will all participate in the single game elimination-style tournament.

 

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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DETROIT -- It will be Michigan and Minnesota in the Big Ten Ice Hockey final Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena. The winner gets the automatic NCAA bid for the regional playoffs. Boston will host the “Frozen Four” this year at the historic Matthews Arena (built in 1910).

Friday’s semifinals opened with top-seeded Minnesota beating Ohio State, 3-0. Junior goalie Adam Wilcox stopped 39 shots for the shutout. It was his 13th career shutout. Said Golden Gopher head coach Don Lucia, “This was the first time for us in this building. Wilcox was in a zone tonight. When you get great goaltending everything takes care of itself. At this time of year it doesn’t matter who you play, it matters how you play.”

In the nightcap, junior Steve Racine played solid in the nets for Michigan as the Wolverines knocked out special rival Michigan State, 4-1. It was the sixth time the teams have met this season with U. of M. winning four. All six Big Ten teams participated in the Big Ten Playoffs.

After the win, Michigan coach Red Berenson said, “ Well, Minnesota will be-- they play a real good brand of Division-I college hockey. Their defense jumps up, they move the puck really well. Their forwards are as skilled as ours, and so are their D. Their D might be the best D corps in the Big Ten, and their goalie Wilcox was Player-of-the-Year last year, so he’s as good as anybody. He didn’t start off good this year, but he finished up really good. So you saw him against Ohio State today, and he can win a game by himself. They’ve got the advantage. They’ve only played one game, and we played two and so on, but we’ve got some emotion, some momentum, and we like Joe Louis.”

In the opening games at the tourney on Thursday, Ohio State bested fourth-seeded Penn State, 3-1. In a rare happenstance, there were no penalties called in the game. Third-seeded Michigan overwhelmed Wisconsin 5-1, in front of a sparse crowd. The Wolverines finished third in the conference standings with 36 points and a record of 12-8-0-0.

Penn State head coach Guy Godowsky was selected as the 2015 Coach-of-the-Year and Michigan freshman, defenseman, Zach Werenski, was named to the First Team All-Big Ten. Werenski, of Grosse Pointe, leads Big Ten defensemen with nine goals and is tops among U-M blueliners with 24 points (9G, 15A) this season. He also is team high with 55 blocked shots.

Michigan State’s goalie, Jake Hildebrand was named Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year.

Hildebrand has been the Spartans’ strength this season, having started all 34 games and allowing two or fewer goals in 20 of those contests. He is the Big Ten leader in both goals-against average (2.12) and save percentage (.930). He also had six shutouts this season.

For more information about the Big Ten Tournament, visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Related Stories: Union Wins First NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Title; Hobey Baker Winner Celebrated in Philly; College Hockey: Notre Dame Wins Last CCHA Title; Celebrating Hockey Day in Michigan: Saturday, Feb. 16 at Westland Public Library

 

 

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