u men’s hockey gameday

3:30 P.M. VS. Ohio State • DETROIT • TV: BTN, 1500-AM

Inside the matchup: The Gophers won the season series 3-1, outscoring the Buckeyes 16-11. In the first three meetings, the Gophers held OSU to two goals in each game, but the Buckeyes turned the tables by closing out the season series with a 5-2 victory two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State made the Gophers look bad on the NHL-sized ice, and they’ll meet again on another small ice sheet at Joe Louis Arena. The two teams met in the same game a year ago and Ohio State upset the top seed 3-1. The Gophers can’t afford another letdown if they hope to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive.

JASON GONZALEZ