Gophers update: The No. 20 Gophers (19-16) edged Michigan for the league’s regular-season title, finishing with 42 points to the Wolverines’ 41. That gave them their third consecutive Big Ten regular-season championship and the top seed in the tournament. Combined with the titles they won in their final two WCHA seasons, the Gophers have won five consecutive regular-season conference championships, matching the NCAA record set by Boston University from 1994-98. F Justin Kloos leads the Gophers with a career-high 40 points and 25 assists and is ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, with teammates Hudson Fasching (38 points) and Leon Bristedt (35) right behind. Fasching’s career-high 20 goals ranks third in the league, and he leads the conference with seven game-winners. G Eric Schierhorn’s 19 victories are eighth-most in Division I and the most of any freshman this season. The Gophers are the defending Big Ten tournament champions, earning the title last year in Detroit with a 4-2 victory over Michigan. They are winless in their past four games at Xcel Energy Center and have a 23-17-1 record there.
Ohio State update: The fourth-seeded Buckeyes defeated Michigan Statein overtime Thursday to reach the semifinals. They entered the tournament on a roll, with a seven-game unbeaten streak that included a sweep of Michigan. Ohio State ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (3.59 goals per game) during the regular season and scored 37 goals over the final seven games. Junior F Nick Schilkey leads the team with 19 goals and 41 points. The Gophers swept four games against the Buckeyes this season—with three of those victories coming in overtime—and lead the series 23-3-1, including a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten tournament.
Michigan vs. Penn State • 4 p.m. (BTN)
The No. 19 Nittany Lions (21-11-4) defeated Wisconsin 5-2 in Thursday’s quarterfinals, earning a place in the semifinals for the second time. No. 7 Michigan (22-7-5) received a first-round bye as the tournament’s No. 2 seed. The game matches the two most potent offenses in the conference; Michigan leads the nation with 4.82 goals per game, while Penn State is sixth with 3.73. Michigan forwards Kyle Connor, JT Compher and Tyler Motte—the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 scorers in the nation—are among the 10 candidates for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player. The trio has combined for 72 goals and 91 assists this season. Michigan is the only team to sweep Penn State this season, winning all four games between the teams by a combined score of 26-9.
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. Saturday (BTN)