Around the Big Ten Hockey: Week 10

Audio/Story posted December 12, 2019 in Sports, CommRadio by Logan Bourandas

Host Andre Magaro, alongside Logan Bourandas, Kyle Cannillo and Jordan Mansberger, deliver you this week's biggest headlines in the Big Ten hockey conference.

The Big Ten conference as a whole took a pretty big hit last week in terms of reputation around the rest of the country. At the start of the season, many teams in the conference looked to have a hot start. However, after a rough couple of weeks, both Wisconsin and Notre Dame have taken a big hit. Only two teams in the Big Ten still appear to be going strong, and they even switched places with each other in the rankings.

Now the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes land at No. 6 after swapping places with Penn State. The Buckeyes escaped a tight series against a Minnesota squad ranked fifth in the Big Ten. Both games in the series went to overtime with Ohio State winning the first game 3-2, while the second game resulted in a tie. Ohio State will go into a long break, not returning until Dec. 27 for non-conference play against Colgate.

Moving into second place in the Big Ten are the Penn State Nittany Lions. Although the Nittany Lions rank a spot below Ohio State at No. 7, they are two points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Big Ten standings. Penn State is coming off a rather disappointing series against Michigan which ended in a split. Penn State lost the first game 4-1 and won the second game 3-1. Penn State has now split in its last three series, including two against Big Ten opponents. The Nittany Lions will take on a struggling Notre Dame squad this weekend.

Still in third but now out of the top 10 are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After starting out the season by not losing a game in their first eight games, the Fighting Irish have now lost their last five games. Notre Dame hasn’t won in the month of December. Its last series ended in a sweep to No. 5 Boston College. The Fighting Irish were dominated in the series, only scoring one goal and allowing 10 throughout the two-game set. Notre Dame will host an important series to try and get back on track this weekend against Penn State.

Now cracking the top 20 for the first time this season are the Michigan State Spartans. Although they’re only 8-7-1 on the season, the Spartans are currently tied for second in the Big Ten with Ohio State, allowing them to move to No. 18 in the rankings. Michigan State is coming off a sweep of the now-unranked Wisconsin Badgers. The Spartans won the first game 3-0 and won again in the second game in overtime 5-4. The Spartans will take a break from Big Ten play as they take on No. 16 Arizona State this weekend.

Elsewhere around the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers, which got swept by Michigan State last week, will be off for a whole month and won’t play again until Jan. 10, when they take on Ohio State. Minnesota will also have a long break, not playing until Dec. 28, when they will host Bemidji State. Finally, the Michigan Wolverines, which are coming off an impressive split against Penn State, will not play until Dec. 30 against Ferris State.


Logan Bourandas is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email

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Kyle Cannillo

Junior / Journalism

Kyle Cannillo is involved with CommRadio at Penn State University producing content such as writing articles, hosting podcasts, participating in live shows and broadcasting play by play for Penn State Athletics. He is currently a production assistant for Penn State Athletics doing Live Video Production for BTN + and University Streams. He also interned with CBS station WTAJ News where he received hands on experience in all newsroom operations including reporting, production, camera, and sports. He has high hopes to be successful in a communication related career. He is skilled in public speaking, takes initiative and has a tenacious work ethic. His mission is to use optimism, determination and respect to uncover and report fascinating stories from people who have genuine experiences.

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Andre Magaro

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Andre Magaro is a sophomore from Enola, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a play-by-play broadcaster and editor for CommRadio. He also covers events and anchors CommRadio’s Wednesday newscast. When not at CommRadio, Andre is a commentator for BTN Student U broadcasts, a student writer for Penn State Athletics and is also a member of the Penn State campus ministry New Life. Andre has written for Armchair All-Americans in the past, covering Penn State football, baseball and men’s hockey. He can be contacted via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and on Twitter, @andre_magaro.

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Logan Bourandas

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Logan Bourandas is a broadcast journalism major from Long Island, NY. He is a sports writer, news writer, sports broadcaster and talk show host for CommRadio. He got his start as the Station Manager for his high school radio station WPOB in his hometown of Plainview, NY where he hosted numerous radio shows and was involved in sports broadcasts. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Jordan Mansberger

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Jordan Mansberger is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in marketing.