Big Ten hockey semifinals: Gophers vs. Ohio State

  • Updated: March 21, 2014 - 12:42 AM

BIG TEN SEMIFINALs PREVIEW

NO. 1 GOPHERS vs. NO. 4 OHIO STATE

7 p.m. Friday at Xcel Energy Center

TV/radio: Big Ten Network; 1500-AM; BTN2Go.

Gophers at a glance: The Gophers (25-5-6) have the challenge of coming into Friday’s semifinal cold. Though the bye is considered a benefit to the top seeds, several Gophers said it’s an advantage for the team that played the night before and found its rhythm. Coach Don Lucia expects his team to play faster than it has this season in order to have postseason success. Ohio State plays a similar up-tempo style like the Gophers, which could lead to a lot of scoring. A scoring outburst would be good for the Gophers in their first game of the postseason.

Buckeyes at a glance: Ohio State (17-13-5) will carry momentum into Friday night’s semifinals. The Buckeyes held off No. 5 Michigan State 2-1 in overtime of the quarterfinals to continue their hopes at extending their season beyond this weekend. They need to win the Big Ten tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes have the conference’s leading scorer in Ryan Dzingel, though he was pointless in Thursday night’s victory. He’s given the Gophers trouble this year and played a big role in their shootout victory over the Gophers earlier this month.

JASON GONZALEZ

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Gophers Football Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin 2:30 pmX34-24
Jan 1 - vs. Missouri noon

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