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