Penn State could take a huge step toward its first Big Ten hockey title this weekend.
The Nittany Lions (18-6-2, 7-4-1 Big Ten) will welcome Minnesota (18-8-2, 9-3-0) to Pegula Arena for one of the biggest series in the short history of the program. Minnesota leads the Big Ten with 27 points, while Penn State sits in third place with 22.
Penn State got back into the conference title race this past weekend with a sweep at Wisconsin (15-10-1, 8-4-0), which is second with 24 points. The Nittany Lions received some help from Ohio State, which upset the Gophers in their first game before Minnesota scored a school-record six power-play goals to rally in the second contest.
These are two of the highest-scoring teams in the nation. Penn State leads the country with 4.27 goals per game, while Minnesota is fourth at 3.89 per contest. The Gophers swept the Nittany Lions in a two-game series two weeks ago in Minneapolis.
Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky told reporters earlier this week that the Nittany Lions will have senior forward Dylan Richard available after he missed the weekend at Wisconsin. Richard has six goals and 17 points in 22 games.
Penn State hockey vs. Minnesota game times, details
Date: Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18
Times: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.
Location: Pegula Arena, State College, Pa.
What TV channel broadcasts Penn State hockey vs. Minnesota?
Both games will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Penn State hockey vs. Minnesota online?
The Big Ten Network will stream the games on BTN2Go as well as all BTN2Go apps.
How can I listen to Penn State hockey vs. Minnesota on the radio?
The games will be on the Penn State Sports Networks. A list of the affiliates is here.
What is Penn State’s projected lineup?
Brandon Biro – Chase Berger – Andrew Sturtz
Denis Smirnov — Nate Sucese — David Goodwin
Blake Gober — Ricky DeRosa – Zach Saar
Brett Murray – Nikita Pavlychev – Liam Folkes
Vice Pedrie – Erik Autio
Kris Myllari – Trevor Hamilton
James Gobetz — David Thompson
What is Minnesota’s projected lineup?
Rem Pitlick — Justin Kloos — Tyler Sheehy
Taylor Cammarata — Vinni Lettieri — Leon Bristedt
Brent Gates Jr. — Mike Szmatula — Connor Reilly
Ryan Norman — Darian Romanko — Jack Ramsey
Jake Bischoff — Jack Sadek
Steve Johnson — Jack Glover
Ryan Zuhlsdorf — Ryan Collins