As the Big Ten’s regular season champs, the men’s hockey Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament. While their compatriots duked it out in best-of-three series this week, the Bucks waited to see which would emerge as their semifinal adversary. They got their answer tonight.
With an overtime victory over Wisconsin in a deciding Game 3, fourth-seeded Penn State became the lowest advancing seed from the first round. The Nittany Lions face Ohio State in next week’s single-elimination B1G semifinal. The battle gets underway at the Schott on Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available now. The game will also be televised on BTN.
This match-up is a mixed bag for OSU. The Buckeyes went 3-1-0-0 against PSU during the regular season. However, the Nittany Lions ice some prolific scorers who could create trouble if the Bucks are sluggish coming out of the bye week. We’ll have a closer look at the tilt coming up later this week.
- In the other semifinal, third-seeded Minnesota will travel to second-seeded Notre Dame. The Gophers and Irish square off on Saturday, March 16 at 7pm ET. That game will also be televised on BTN.