Around the Big Ten (Hockey): Nov. 30
College hockey is in full swing and as we approach the end of November, let’s look at what is happening around the Big Ten.
No. 5 Michigan hosted an interconference series against No. 7 Harvard this past weekend.
Michigan tied with Harvard 4-4 on Friday but bounced back on Saturday, defeating them 4-1.
Adam Fantilli continued his pursuit for the Hobby Baker with a goal and an assist in the series. While Erik Portillo stopped 39 shots in Saturday’s win.
No. 13 Michigan State traveled to Ohio to take on Miami (OH) and took care of business sweeping the RedHawks.
Jeremy Davidson had two goals and two assists in Friday’s 5-3 win, while Karsen Dowart picked up a hat trick in Saturday’s 4-0 win.
Dylan St. Cyr stopped 69-of-72 shots over the two-game series, 39 of which came in Saturday’s shutout victory.
Michigan State hosts fourth-ranked Minnesota in a two-game series starting Friday.
No. 4 Minnesota traveled to Arizona for an interconference series against the Sun Devils.
Logan Cooley’s goal and assist led the Golden Gophers to a 3-2 victory on Friday. While multi-point games from Jimmy Snuggerud, Cooley and Mathew Knies weren’t enough, as the Sun Devils won the game in overtime 6-5 on Saturday.
The No. 20 Fighting Irish traveled to Boston this week to play against Boston University and Boston College.
Notre Dame lost 5-2 to Boston University despite a 38-save performance from Ryan Bischel. However, the Fighting Irish managed to salvage the trip as Tyler Carpenter’s three-point performance led them to a 5-2 win over Boston College.
Notre Dame is off this week and will next host Penn State for a two-game series beginning Dec. 9.
The No. 17 Buckeyes have struggled as of late, losing four of their last five games before traveling to take on the Long Island University Sharks.
The Sharks took the first game of the series 3-2 after a third-period goal from Adam Goodsir broke the deadlock. The Buckeyes rebounded in the second game, led by Cam Thiesing, who scored a hat trick, defeating the Sharks 4-1.
The Buckeyes will head to Pegula to take on the Nittany Lions in a two-game series starting Friday.
The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions welcomed the Alaska Nanooks for a non-conference matchup.
Penn State has struggled to sweep series as of late but took care of business against the Nanooks. A short-handed goal by Christian Sarlo to put the blue and white up 3-0 turned out to be the game-winner after the Nittany Lions survived a late surge to hold on with a 3-2 win.
In the second game, Ben Schoen struck on the powerplay in the third period, and Liam Souliere made 32 saves to help secure the Nittany Lions a 2-1 victory and a series sweep.
The Badgers were off this week but return to action by hosting the Wolverines in a two-game series beginning Friday.
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