Michigan Hockey: Michigan vs. Penn State– BIG Tournament
Thursday, March 20 — 3:00 pm Eastern
Xcel Energy Center — Saint Paul, Minn.
TV: Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, PxP; Ben Clymer, Color; Fred Pletsch, Reporter)
Radio: IMG Sports Network (Al Randall, PxP; Bill Trainor, Color)
Michigan (18-12-4, 10-8-2-1 Big Ten), the No. 3 seed in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament, begins postseason play against Penn State (7-25-2, 3-16-1-0 Big Ten), the No. 6 seed in the first game of the tournament on Thurs., Mar. 20 at 2:00 p.m. CT. The Wolverines and Nittany Lions split the season series, with Michigan earning wins on Feb. 7 at Penn State (7-3) and Feb. 22 at Yost Ice Arena (5-2), and the Nittany Lions winning games on Feb. 8 at Penn State (4-0) and Feb. 21 at Yost Ice Arena (5-4, OT).
Michigan’s senior class enters the Big Ten Tournament with the most postseason experience of any in the conference. The Wolverines have played 19 postseason contests over the past three seasons in conference tournament and NCAA Tournament games more than any of its conference rivals: Minnesota (12), Wisconsin (12), Michigan State (11), Ohio State (8), and Penn State (0). Michigan has a 14-5 record in postseason play over the past three seasons. The Wolverines have nine players who have played 10 or more postseason games, with seniors Mac Bennett (19), Derek DeBlois (18), and Luke Moffatt (18) leading the way.
The Wolverines return to the Xcel Energy Center for the first time since the 2011 Frozen Four, when Michigan advanced to the national championship game against Minnesota-Duluth (L, 2-3 OT) on April 9, 2011. Michigan defeated No. 1 North Dakota, 2-0, on April 7, 2011 in the semifinals, their last win in the Xcel Energy Center. The Wolverines are 2-3 all time in the building, including two games in the 2007 Ice Breaker Tournament against Minnesota (L, 3-4, Oct. 13. 2007) and Boston College (W, 4-3, Oct. 12, 2007), and their first visit, the 2001 Frozen Four semifinals against Minnesota (L, 2-3 April 4, 2001).
Junior forward Zach Hyman had multiple point efforts in three of the four games against Penn State this season, leading Michigan with six points (2G, 4A) in the season series. Hyman was a verbal commit to Princeton before Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky took the head coaching job at Penn State in April 2011.
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