Gophers' men’s hockey series preview
6 p.m. Friday (BTN); 7:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPNews) at Michigan; Ann Arbor • 1500-AM
Gophers at a glance: The Gophers (6-7, 2-0 Big Ten) swept Ohio State by surviving two overtime games in the opening week of the Big Ten play to take a share of first place in the standings with Penn State. Freshman forward Tyler Sheehy was named the conference’s first star of the week after totaling four points over the weekend. He scored a career-high three points with two goals in Saturday’s series finale and has seven points in the past five games. Sheehy (six goals, five assists) is tied for second on the team in points (with Hudson Fasching) behind sophomore forward Leon Bristedt (eight goals, six assists), who had a goal and assist Saturday.Coach Don Lucia won his 400th career game with the Gophers last weekend, and the pair of wins moved his team within a game of a .500.
Wolverines at a glance: Michigan (8-2-3, 1-0-1-1) scored 12 goals in the opening week of Big Ten action against Wisconsin but had to settle Saturday for a tie and shootout victory. The Wolverines are averaging 4.4 goals per game and 37.7 shots. Freshman forward Kyle Connor leads the team with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists), and junior forward Tyler Motte has a team-high nine goals. Eleven players have at least nine points. Goaltenders Steve Racine and Zach Nagelvoort are splitting time in the net. Racine is 4-1-1-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Nagelvoort is 4-1-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. The Wolverines are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and climbed three spots to No. 9 in the USCHO.com national poll.