Positively Promoting the Student Athlete Since 1992

  • All seven teams take the ice this week in a trio of conference series and a nonconference matchup. Four of this weekend’s games will air live on linear broadcasts, highlighted by a Saturday doubleheader on Big Ten Network. Additional games will be available to stream on Big Ten Network+.

    • Three Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Minnesota leads the conference at No. 3 in both polls, followed by Wisconsin at No. 5/5 and Michigan at No. 7/7. Notre Dame and Penn State are receiving votes in the USCHO poll, while the Irish are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

    • A pair of Big Ten standouts claimed monthly national honors from the Hockey Commissioners’ Association for the month of February, as Wisconsin’s Dylan Holloway earned Player of the Month honors and Notre Dame’s Landon Slaggert was named the Rookie of the Month. Holloway paced all Division I skaters in February, recording 17 points in eight games. The sophomore had multi-point efforts in six games, while netting two game winners. Slaggert skated in all eight Notre Dame games while notching 11 points on three goals and eight assists. He had five multipoint games and ended the month on a four-game point streak (2-5-7).

    • Eleven of the top 25 scorers in the nation this season skate for Big Ten squads, including three of the top five. Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield leads the nation with 42 points and also paces all Division I skaters with 22 goals. Caufield is joined atop the national points list by Wisconsin’s Linus Weissbach (35 points; 3rd) and Dylan Holloway (33 points, 4th), Notre Dame’s Alex Steeves (28 points, 6th), Michigan’s Thomas Bordeleau (26 points; 12th), Wisconsin’s Ty Pelton-Byce (25 points, 14th), Minnesota’s Sampo Ranta (25 points, 14th) and Ben Meyers (24 points, 16th), Notre Dame’s Graham Slaggert (24 points, 16), Michigan’s Kent Johnson (23 points, 24th) and Minnesota’s Sammy Walker (23 points, 24th).

    • Six Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 20 nationally in save percentage among those netminders who have played at least nine games. Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine leads the nation with a .941 save percentage, followed by Wisconsin’s Cameron Rowe (2nd, .939), Michigan’s Strauss Mann (9th, .929), Michigan State’s Drew DeRidder (13th, .926), Notre Dame’s Dylan St. Cyr (16th, .919) and Wisconsin’s Robbie Beydoun (20th, .914).

    • Michigan’s Strauss Mann and Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine were named among the nine finalists for the 2021 Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. The eighth annual award winner will be announced at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

    • Five Big Ten skaters were named finalists for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award: Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine, Brannon McManus and Scott Reedy, Notre Dame’s Matt Hellickson, and Penn State’s Alex Limoges. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Men’s Frozen Final Four in April.

    • Nine standouts representing five Big Ten programs are among the nominees for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey player in the nation. The list of nominees includes Michigan’s Kent Johnson, Owen Power and Cam York, Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine, Notre Dame’s Alex Steeves, Penn State’s Alex Limoges, and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, Dylan Holloway and Linus Weissbach. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented to the winner at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

    • Thirty-one Big Ten standouts headline a group of 106 NCAA players and recruits featured in NHL Central Scouting’s updated “Players to Watch” list for the 2021 NHL Draft. Michigan and Wisconsin tied for the lead among all schools with eight players listed, while Notre Dame followed in fifth with six. Michigan’s trio of freshmen – Matty Beniers, Kent Johnson and Owen Power – all earned “A” ratings as first-round candidates and lead a group of 11 current NCAA freshmen featured on the list.

    • The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council approved measures to change the dates of the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament from March 18-20 to March 14-16. The tournament will take place as previously planned at Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The tournament will include all seven teams and will consist of six games, with three games on Sunday, two games on Monday and the championship game on Tuesday. All six games will be carried live on BTN.

    • Due to the number of games postponed this season and the limited number of windows remaining to reschedule contests, the Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament seeding will be determined using the protocol for unbalanced schedules approved prior to the start of the season. The first element of that protocol is winning percentage in Big Ten games, with wins in regulation and overtime counted as wins and shootout results counted as ties for the purpose of calculating winning percentages. More information can be found on page four.

    • Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on Big Ten Network+. All games televised on an ESPN network will be streamed on the ESPN App.

 

 Thursday, March 4:
  Arizona State   at Ohio State    NC 5:30 pm ET Big Ten Network+
 
 Friday, March 5:
  Wisconsin   at Michigan State    B1 4:00 pm ET Big Ten Network+
  Arizona State   at Ohio State    NC 5:30 pm ET Big Ten Network+
  Penn State   at Notre Dame    B1 7:30 pm ET NBCSN, NBC Sports App
  Michigan   at Minnesota    B1 7:00 pm CT FOX Sports Detroit, Big Ten Network+
 
 Saturday, March 6:
  Wisconsin   at Michigan State    B1 2:30 pm ET Big Ten Network/FOX Sports App
  Michigan   at Minnesota    B1 4:00 pm CT Big Ten Network/FOX Sports App
  Penn State   at Notre Dame    B1 5:30 pm ET NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Stream