Men’s Hockey: Around the Big Ten Week 13

Audio/Story posted February 9, 2017 in CommRadio, Sports by Sports Staff


Zach Kaplan, Joe Esquivel-Murphy and Eric Ohlson break down the week 13 hockey games around the Big Ten. 


The hockey season is nearing the conclusion of the regular season and teams are trying to figure out where they will land in their conference tournament. This is especially true for the Big Ten as two teams are tied for the first.

A perennial hockey powerhouse, the University of Minnesota has had a consistent season, winning 17 games this season compared to the only seven losses that they had suffered this season. Their conference record is even better, currently at 8-2.

Since splitting their opening series against Ohio State, the Golden Gophers have been red-hot as they have won seven of the past eight games including dominating Penn State this past weekend. Minnesota have a tough task ahead of them as they head to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.

The Wisconsin Badgers entered the season with concerns as a new head coach was put in place, but Tony Granato has guided the program to 15 wins this season, eight of which are in conference play. Their conference record ties them with Minnesota for the best record in the conference and are the only other team to split a series with them outside of Ohio State.

Since losing in overtime to Minnesota, Wisconsin has been on a roll as they have won their last five games and scored at least three goals in each contest. The Badgers look to continue their winning ways against a Penn State team that is trending in the wrong direction.

The Nittany Lions started the season hotter than any other team in the Big Ten as they lost only one game and tied another in 2016. Unfortunately, 2017 has not fared so well for Penn State as they have only won three games so far and are currently on a five game winning streak.

Goaltending for the Nittany Lions have been a problem as they have allowed at least three goals in every game during the losing streak. If Penn State wants an opportunity to win the Big Ten, sweeping Wisconsin is a step in the right direction.

Ohio State has had an up and down run in Big Ten play as they are one of only two teams to beat Minnesota this season. Their play against Penn State is also incredible as they have beat them twice and have a shootout victory against them as well.

The Buckeyes, though, struggled against Wisconsin as they lost both games this season. Ohio State still has a slight chance of winning the Big Ten, but need to sweep Minnesota for that to happen.

The Michigan schools have struggled this year as both teams have yet to reach 10 wins this season. Michigan is almost there with nine wins, but only two wins have come in conference.

Michigan State has struggled throughout the year as they have only won five games this season and only one in conference. Both teams are playing for pride as neither team has a chance of making the tournament and a win against the other would help give them confidence for the rest of the season.

The end of the conference season is always intriguing and the Big Ten is no exception.


Joe Esquivel-Murphy is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. To contact him, email

About the Contributors

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Eric Ohlson

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Eric Ohlson is a member of ComRadio’s sports and production staffs. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Kinesiology and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Eric has done play-by-play for Penn State lacrosse, volleyball, softball, soccer and hockey, and has served as a producer for volleyball and hockey. A big hockey fan, Eric is the current host of ComRadio’s NHL talk show, “The Sin Bin.” One day, Eric hopes to being doing radio or TV play-by-play for lacrosse, soccer and hockey. Outside of ComRadio, Eric is the VP of the Hands For Heroes Club and spent two years in Army ROTC. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Joe Esquivel-Murphy

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Joe Esquivel-Murphy is a senior from Bay Head, NJ, majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. He has done play-by-play and beat writes for almost all the sports from CommRadio.  His two talk shows, Murph’s Lounge and Road to Russia, covered various different topics as the later previewed the qualification process to the World Cup with the former discussing relevant sports events. Joe also had an internship for Shore Sports Network (an affiliate of Town Square Media) before his junior year. To contact Joe, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Zach Kaplan

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Zach Kaplan is a senior broadcast journalism major with a double minor in history and sociology. Beyond his work with the Centre County Report, Zach is involved with CommRadio as a sports director and on-air personality, as well as a broadcaster for BTN Student U productions on-campus. He also works with 46Live both on-air and as a producer to provide live coverage of Penn State’s annual Dance Marathon.

Outside of his on-air work, Zach writes for Penn State Athletics covering men’s hockey and lacrosse and has held summer internships with Israel Sports Radio, the Cape Cod Baseball League, and the Coastal Plain League.