A nearly predictable weekend for B1G Hockey, with more than a few goals

1. All three B1G teams expected to prevail did prevail, almost completely.

While the game itself is played on the ice, coming into this past weekend, it was easy to project the winners and losers. No. 4 Penn State hosted unranked Michigan State and won two games. No. 9 Minnesota hosted unranked Michigan and won two games. No. 10 Ohio State hosted unranked Arizona State and won … a game, and then tied. In other words, none of the Big Ten teams that were expected to win lost — and that is a very good thing for the league’s chances of placing more than one team in the NCAA tournament. In fact, Penn State moved to first place in the PairWise Rankings, an extraordinary thing for a program with such a short Division I history.

The games this past weekend went a little way toward separating the haves from have-nots in the Big Ten standings, too. Minnesota and Penn State are tied for first place with 15 points each. With a record of 1-5-0 in B1G play, Michigan has three points and is second-to-last; the Spartans have no wins in six conference games. Wisconsin has nine points and Ohio State six, and each of those teams has two games in hand on everyone else in the league.

2. Goals. A lot of goals.

Not one team scored fewer than four goals in victory over the weekend. The Nittany Lions beat the Spartans 5-2 and 5-3, the Golden Gophers beat the Wolverines 5-2 and 4-2, and the Buckeyes beat the Sun Devils 6-1 before tying Arizona State 2-2.

We’ve come to expect goal scoring this season from Penn State and Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have the top scoring offense in the country, averaging 4.58 goals per game, and the Buckeyes (4.20) are second. Although the Gophers hadn’t played since the Mariucci Classic, the series against Michigan marked the second consecutive weekend of play in which Minnesota registered nine total goals. In fact, the Gophers have been consistently good, offensively, since their series against Minnesota State Nov. 18-19, when they scored just two goals on the weekend.

Currently, the Gophers are fifth in scoring nationally (3.80) and you know who’s sixth? Wisconsin, with 3.61 goals per game. If the entire first half of the season had been Big Ten teams beating up on each other rather than playing a variety of nonconference opponents, these statistics wouldn’t be nearly as meaningful as they are. It’s safe to say, though, that B1G Hockey can produce some big scoring this season.

By the way, Penn State and Ohio State square off this weekend, and Wisconsin is hosting Minnesota.

3. There was one small fly in the ointment.

It’s all a matter of perspective, of course. If you’re a Michigan State or Michigan fan, this past weekend of hockey was painful and frustrating. If you are a Sun Devils fan, that tie against Ohio State on the road — with its late third-period, extra-attacker goal to knot things up — looks pretty darned good.

But if you’re in the Buckeyes’ corner, that tie against Arizona State may give you a bit of a pause. Sure, it was a quick turnaround from the night before to the Saturday afternoon start time and the Sun Devils aren’t pushovers, but the Buckeyes should have swept and didn’t. In fact, the Buckeyes have swept just three times this season, the last time against Rensselaer Nov. 18-19. Since then, Ohio State is 3-3-1. Consistency is something that Ohio State needs to shore up in the second half. Right now, the Buckeyes are No. 13 in the PWR, and history has taught us a lot about how easily that PWR bubble can pop.

138 COMMENTS

    • Remember that when PSU, OSU, and Minny are there in the top 10 following their inter-confrerence games. You clearly are a hater. I thrive on your hate.

        • Yeah don’t bother reading now…you need to come back and read this later so you will know that I said this before when you read this after what I wanted to happen already happened which would be after you read to begin with. But if you read it now, then never mind….

    • For being a clump conference you sure spend a lot of time reading about it. You seem really obsessed with the clump conference. Especially the Gophers. Off of your analysis of the clump conference the fighting hawks season will go down as a huge disappointment even if they win the NCAA Championship because they couldn’t even beat a team from the big clump. They couldn’t even beat the gophers. In fact I can’t remember the last time they even beat the gophers.

      • That’s how goof u fans think. Always caring how they did against a specific team, yet watching from the couch when it count. They can beat UND all they want, doesnt make the rodents a better program by any means.

        • Gopher fans are really stupid. They believe that beating a team makes you the better team! Is that not the silliest thing you’ve ever heard!

          • Oooooh boy, you got me…..still beat a clump 6 team when it actually counted last year. Let me guess, Mich fan? What is your next comeback? We have more titles than you so we’re better?

          • People need to remember that titles don’t matter when us Fighting Hawk fans are talking to Michigan, they only matter when we are talking to teams that have less titles than we do. Then titles matter —- can’t you people figure this stuff out. The logic is flawless. No wonder you teams play in the Joke Clump 10 Six Joke Conference. And don’t forget— what really matter is strength of schedule!

    • Penn State strength of schedule? 34

      Gophers? 23

      Ohio State? 22

      These teams jump out at you like a sore thumb in the top 16. Only one other team in the top 16 (Cornell) has as bad a SOS ranking as these 3 teams.

      Yes, I bet this will serve the Big 10 well come NCAA tourney time. I also duly note the Big 10’s 4-8-4 record against NCHC teams.

      Penn State’s glossy 13-1-0 home record? Borne on the back of playing exactly one team even in the current top 16 of Pairwise (the current #15 team, whom they split with). Other than that, not one of those other 12 wins is against a team ranked higher than 36th in the current Pairwise as I write this.

      Their home schedule looks like a Bill Snyder Kansas State University football cupcake schedule from the early 1990’s.

      • so with your analysis, come NCAA tourney time, the Fighting Hawks should not make the tournament because they were unable to beat a team from the big ten.

        • The Fight Sioux Hawks will be playing the Martian All-Stars for Univeral supremacy because the Sioux Hawks are out of this world!

        • It will be funny to see Penn actually play a quality team. Like it was previously said, 12 home games against teams ranked no higher than 36th. Better give Penn the title right now….no one can argue against those amazing numbers.

          • What would be really funny would be see the Penn team hockey to begin with — I’m guessing the Quakers would be with the other Ivies in ECAC but I’m not sure! I’ve love to see them play our own North Dakota Fighting Bison Hawks — it would be epic, and would only add to our amazing strength of schedule

      • It’s well known that no Big Clump Joke Clump Six school can beat a NACHO skool — the NACHO is supreme. The Big Joke Clump 10 schools schedules look like Clemson hockey schedules that how bad they are. Can I tell you again how well North Dikota fans travel.

        • 1. It’s not the Fighting Sioux Hawks.its the Fighting Hawks.
          2. It’s well know the Fighting Hawks are unable to beat a big clump school, nor are they even good enough to beat the goofs. I’m sure it still stings from the frozen four a couple of years ago when the goofs scored with half second to go. And the goofs where short handed. Pretty embarrassing.
          3. It’s pretty obvious that you feel the goofs are the model for supremacy in college hockey. You are always trying to compare the Fighting Hawks to them and you are completely obsessed with them. So much so, your handle on here is referring to the goofs unless that is something you do to yourself late at night.

          4. The Fighting Hawks are basically another Minnesota school. Half the team is made up of players from Minnesota.

          • But can I remind you again how well the Fighting Hawk Sioux nation fans travel? It’s really impressive — imagine the RV from Christmas vacation multiplied by 10000.

          • you could not even beat the last place team in the big10 you lost and tied and lost in a shoot-out Saturday and this was at your barn can i remind you of how bad your fighting sioux hawks are

          • Are you part of the same goof u fans that didn’t go to class and can’t even put together a simple sentence that makes sense?

          • You forgot binge drinking! We used to go sledding a lot but we could never find a hill! #MAJORBUMMER

          • Nice job on going straight for typical rodent arguments.

            1. They cant beat the crap 6…..crap 6 is better.
            2. The have a lot of MN players. Like that even matters.
            3. No, goof u is not superior. Based on titles, they dont even come close. They are even still behind Wisco. Ouch.

          • Yeah and don’t forget that North Dakota (no hyphen) have fans that travel all over the globe —- even to Iceland and Saskatoon to see the Sioux Hawkers play.

          • Based on titles? You don’t care about tiles. You just care about beating the goofs. Remember you are obsessed with that. And the fighting hawks can’t beat the goofs.

          • Yup….have never beat them before. Never once. You are right, what was I thinking. Enjoy being 3 titles behind….

          • And you aren’t bright enough to tell the difference between this moniker and the one you are replying to. Take a close look, these are simple things you should have figured out in elementary school.

    • Stop blaming the rest of us just because Red and Tom have driven the big Blue bus and the big Green bus over the same cliff.

      • You should check out the pairwise…..the only rankings that matter and then go ahead and change your post to read that Penn is the only crap 6 team ahead of UND.

        • But strength of schedule is the important inidicator…it doesn’t matter if a NACHO team beats anybody they play a much stronger strength of schedule and that’s way why the NACHO is the greatest. Not like the JOKE CLump bIG CLUMP JOKE conference.

          • It does matter. To you. Like I said, it’s already a failed season for the Fighting Hawks because they couldn’t beat the goofs. You will realize this when you get help for your obsession.

          • Are you kidding: check out Colorado College — they are a great team. They’ve only won about six games, but who cares — look at all the good teams they’ve played.

          • maybe you should look at mich state with 4 wins and they beat and won a shootout against UND at your barn not good for UND

          • I’ll answer, although you still aren’t aware you are speaking with someone different. Failed season? Far from it. I’d say 7th in pairwise is a good spot to be in. Only going to take a few losses with the crap schedules in the crap 6 that teams can drop rather quickly.

        • the pairwise means nothing till the end of the year alot will change from now till then maybe CC will get in because of there SOS please follow figure skating because you know nothing about hockey

    • Remember that when PSU, OSU, and Minny are there in the top 10 following their inter-confrerence games. You clearly are a hater. I thrive on your hate.

        • Yeah don’t bother reading now…you need to come back and read this later so you will know that I said this before when you read this after what I wanted to happen already happened which would be after you read to begin with. But if you read it now, then never mind….

    • For being a clump conference you sure spend a lot of time reading about it. You seem really obsessed with the clump conference. Especially the Gophers. Off of your analysis of the clump conference the fighting hawks season will go down as a huge disappointment even if they win the NCAA Championship because they couldn’t even beat a team from the big clump. They couldn’t even beat the gophers. In fact I can’t remember the last time they even beat the gophers.

      • That’s how goof u fans think. Always caring how they did against a specific team, yet watching from the couch when it count. They can beat UND all they want, doesnt make the rodents a better program by any means.

        • Gopher fans are really stupid. They believe that beating a team makes you the better team! Is that not the silliest thing you’ve ever heard!

          • Oooooh boy, you got me…..still beat a clump 6 team when it actually counted last year. Let me guess, Mich fan? What is your next comeback? We have more titles than you so we’re better?

          • People need to remember that titles don’t matter when us Fighting Hawk fans are talking to Michigan, they only matter when we are talking to teams that have less titles than we do. Then titles matter —- can’t you people figure this stuff out. The logic is flawless. No wonder you teams play in the Joke Clump 10 Six Joke Conference. And don’t forget— what really matter is strength of schedule!

    • Penn State strength of schedule? 34

      Gophers? 23

      Ohio State? 22

      These teams jump out at you like a sore thumb in the top 16. Only one other team in the top 16 (Cornell) has as bad a SOS ranking as these 3 teams.

      Yes, I bet this will serve the Big 10 well come NCAA tourney time. I also duly note the Big 10’s 4-8-4 record against NCHC teams.

      Penn State’s glossy 13-1-0 home record? Borne on the back of playing exactly one team even in the current top 16 of Pairwise (the current #15 team, whom they split with). Other than that, not one of those other 12 wins is against a team ranked higher than 36th in the current Pairwise as I write this.

      Their home schedule looks like a Bill Snyder Kansas State University football cupcake schedule from the early 1990’s.

      • so with your analysis, come NCAA tourney time, the Fighting Hawks should not make the tournament because they were unable to beat a team from the big ten.

        • The Fight Sioux Hawks will be playing the Martian All-Stars for Univeral supremacy because the Sioux Hawks are out of this world!

        • It will be funny to see Penn actually play a quality team. Like it was previously said, 12 home games against teams ranked no higher than 36th. Better give Penn the title right now….no one can argue against those amazing numbers.

          • What would be really funny would be see the Penn team hockey to begin with — I’m guessing the Quakers would be with the other Ivies in ECAC but I’m not sure! I’ve love to see them play our own North Dakota Fighting Bison Hawks — it would be epic, and would only add to our amazing strength of schedule

      • It’s well known that no Big Clump Joke Clump Six school can beat a NACHO skool — the NACHO is supreme. The Big Joke Clump 10 schools schedules look like Clemson hockey schedules that how bad they are. Can I tell you again how well North Dikota fans travel.

        • 1. It’s not the Fighting Sioux Hawks.its the Fighting Hawks.
          2. It’s well know the Fighting Hawks are unable to beat a big clump school, nor are they even good enough to beat the goofs. I’m sure it still stings from the frozen four a couple of years ago when the goofs scored with half second to go. And the goofs where short handed. Pretty embarrassing.
          3. It’s pretty obvious that you feel the goofs are the model for supremacy in college hockey. You are always trying to compare the Fighting Hawks to them and you are completely obsessed with them. So much so, your handle on here is referring to the goofs unless that is something you do to yourself late at night.

          4. The Fighting Hawks are basically another Minnesota school. Half the team is made up of players from Minnesota.

          • But can I remind you again how well the Fighting Hawk Sioux nation fans travel? It’s really impressive — imagine the RV from Christmas vacation multiplied by 10000.

          • you could not even beat the last place team in the big10 you lost and tied and lost in a shoot-out Saturday and this was at your barn can i remind you of how bad your fighting sioux hawks are

          • Are you part of the same goof u fans that didn’t go to class and can’t even put together a simple sentence that makes sense?

          • You forgot binge drinking! We used to go sledding a lot but we could never find a hill! #MAJORBUMMER

          • Nice job on going straight for typical rodent arguments.

            1. They cant beat the crap 6…..crap 6 is better.
            2. The have a lot of MN players. Like that even matters.
            3. No, goof u is not superior. Based on titles, they dont even come close. They are even still behind Wisco. Ouch.

          • Yeah and don’t forget that North Dakota (no hyphen) have fans that travel all over the globe —- even to Iceland and Saskatoon to see the Sioux Hawkers play.

          • Based on titles? You don’t care about tiles. You just care about beating the goofs. Remember you are obsessed with that. And the fighting hawks can’t beat the goofs.

          • Yup….have never beat them before. Never once. You are right, what was I thinking. Enjoy being 3 titles behind….

          • And you aren’t bright enough to tell the difference between this moniker and the one you are replying to. Take a close look, these are simple things you should have figured out in elementary school.

    • Stop blaming the rest of us just because Red and Tom have driven the big Blue bus and the big Green bus over the same cliff.

      • You should check out the pairwise…..the only rankings that matter and then go ahead and change your post to read that Penn is the only crap 6 team ahead of UND.

        • But strength of schedule is the important inidicator…it doesn’t matter if a NACHO team beats anybody they play a much stronger strength of schedule and that’s way why the NACHO is the greatest. Not like the JOKE CLump bIG CLUMP JOKE conference.

          • It does matter. To you. Like I said, it’s already a failed season for the Fighting Hawks because they couldn’t beat the goofs. You will realize this when you get help for your obsession.

          • Are you kidding: check out Colorado College — they are a great team. They’ve only won about six games, but who cares — look at all the good teams they’ve played.

          • maybe you should look at mich state with 4 wins and they beat and won a shootout against UND at your barn not good for UND

          • I’ll answer, although you still aren’t aware you are speaking with someone different. Failed season? Far from it. I’d say 7th in pairwise is a good spot to be in. Only going to take a few losses with the crap schedules in the crap 6 that teams can drop rather quickly.

        • the pairwise means nothing till the end of the year alot will change from now till then maybe CC will get in because of there SOS please follow figure skating because you know nothing about hockey

  1. Nice write-up, Paul! Agree tHAT this was a very “Business-like” weekend for the teams, and it’s a good thing! Goofs being good is good for the conference. Look out next weekend, goofs! We’re coming for ya! #ONWISCSONSON #GOPACKGO #ROGERS

  2. Nice write-up, Paul! Agree tHAT this was a very “Business-like” weekend for the teams, and it’s a good thing! Goofs being good is good for the conference. Look out next weekend, goofs! We’re coming for ya! #ONWISCSONSON #GOPACKGO #ROGERS

  3. I am a Penn State student. The main criticism of the Big Ten’s top teams (PSU, OSU, Minnesota) is the strength of schedule. Well I just took a peek at the updated RPI:

    Penn St: 21
    Ohio St: 33
    Minnesota: 13

    That is not as bad as people are making it out to be. PSU is the easy choice for #1 right now, but let’s let the rest of the season pan out. Huge series with #11 Ohio State at home this weekend (we split with OSU on the road earlier). PSU also has 4 games with Minnesota left on the schedule.

    WE ARE PENN STATE!

    • Congrats to PSU! I think it is great for CH that PSU is ranked #1. Great program with great support. Would love to see a PSU-UND home/away series in the near future.

  4. I am a Penn State student. The main criticism of the Big Ten’s top teams (PSU, OSU, Minnesota) is the strength of schedule. Well I just took a peek at the updated RPI:

    Penn St: 21
    Ohio St: 33
    Minnesota: 13

    That is not as bad as people are making it out to be. PSU is the easy choice for #1 right now, but let’s let the rest of the season pan out. Huge series with #11 Ohio State at home this weekend (we split with OSU on the road earlier). PSU also has 4 games with Minnesota left on the schedule.

    WE ARE PENN STATE!

    • Congrats to PSU! I think it is great for CH that PSU is ranked #1. Great program with great support. Would love to see a PSU-UND home/away series in the near future.

    • No one wants to see players injured, but do you really think that a goof u player has never injured someone else? Everyone from every other team is a goon, right? Dont be a moron.

      • Take it from North Dakota fans, we know dirty play when we see it. Unless there is autopsy it’s just good clean hockey. That’s how we do it in Fargo!

      • Let me also state that now Minnesota should not make the NCAA tournament because their strength of schedule in games without Tommy Novak is 0.

  5. sad news for the Gophers – Tommy Novak out for the season after Michigan goon almost paralyzes him — could be the end of his hockey playing — really classy Michigan —

    • No one wants to see players injured, but do you really think that a goof u player has never injured someone else? Everyone from every other team is a goon, right? Dont be a moron.

      • Take it from North Dakota fans, we know dirty play when we see it. Unless there is autopsy it’s just good clean hockey. That’s how we do it in Fargo!

      • Let me also state that now Minnesota should not make the NCAA tournament because their strength of schedule in games without Tommy Novak is 0.

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