Michigan Hockey: Ohio State at Michigan — Game 1 Notes
Finally, Michigan snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 5-2 win against Penn State, No. 13 Michigan takes on Ohio State for the first time in three months which is good news because the Wolverines have won six straight games against the Buckeyes, sweeping the first weekend series against Ohio State this season on Nov. 29 (4-3, OT at Yost Ice Arena) and Dec. 2 (5-4, at Value City Arena). THE PSU Series has been killer for Michigan and likely the down fall of any chance of winning the Big Ten this year along with not even looking good at Minnesota.
Michigan’s six-game winning streak in the rivalry is the second longest in the series, behind Michigan’s 22-game winning streak against the Buckeyes from Nov. 24, 1990 to March 11, 1995. Michigan will first host Ohio State at home on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., before the Wolverines make their first trip to Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for a Sunday matinee against the Buckeyes at 1:00 p.m.
Michigan enters in third place in the conference this week with a 7-6-1-1 in Big Ten play and with 23 points. Michigan is three points ahead of Ohio State, both
teams with six Big Ten games remaining. Michigan sits eight points behind Wisconsin for second place, but the Wolverines have played two fewer Big
Ten games than the Badgers. The top two teams in the Big Ten standings are automatically placed in the Big Ten Semifinals on March 21 in St. Paul, Minnesota so this weekend series is very important and almost is a must win, must sweep to have a chance.
Michigan will have the task of defending Ohio State forward Ryan Dzingel, who leads the Big Ten with 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) on the season. Dzingel had four points (two goals, two assists) in two games against Michigan earlier this season. The Buckeyes have three of the conference’s top eight scorers in Dzingel, Max McCormick (11 goals, 15 assists), and Tanner Fritz (5 goals, 20 assists).
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