Gopher Hockey: Big Ten Men's Hockey Tourney

St. Paul, MN (Learfield) -- The 2016 Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament continues tonight in St. Paul.

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Penn State and Ohio State won preliminary round games last night at the Xcel Energy Center. Penn State beat Wisconsin 5-2, while Ohio State outlasted Michigan State in overtime, 4-3.

The Big Ten semifinals are slated for tonight and the championship is scheduled for Saturday. The University of Minnesota won its third straight regular season championship and earned the top seed in the event. The Golden Gophers will face the Buckeyes tonight at 7:30 P-M.

Minnesota needs to win the tournament to earn a spot into the N-C-A-A Tournament. Penn State plays Michigan at 4 P-M in the other semifinal today.

Here is the schedule (with results) of games in the 2016 Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:
Preliminary Game #1 (Thursday): Penn State 5, Wisconsin 2 (final)
Preliminary Game #2 (Thursday): Ohio State 4, Michigan State 3 (final-overtime)
Semifinal Game #1 (Friday): Michigan vs. Penn State, 4 P-M
Semifinal Game #2 (Friday): Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 7:30 P-M
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal Game #1 winner vs. Semifinal Game #2 winner, 7 P-M

N-C-H-C Hockey In Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN -- The 2016 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Men's Tournament gets underway this evening in Minneapolis. Semifinal round games are scheduled for tonight at the Target Center with the league championship game set for Saturday night.

Minnesota-Duluth skates against North Dakota in the opening semifinal game at 4 P-M. The Bulldogs are 17-14-and-5 on the year, while the Fighting Hawks enter play at 30-5-and-3. St. Cloud State takes on Denver in the second game of the twinbill at 7:30 P-M. The Huskies are 29-8-and-1 on the year. The Pioneers are 23-8-and-5.

Here is the schedule of games in the 2016 N-C-H-C Men's Hockey Tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis:
Semifinal Game #1 (Friday): Minnesota-Duluth vs. North Dakota, 4 P-M
Semifinal Game #2 (Friday): St. Cloud State vs. Denver, 7:30 P-M
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal Game #1 winner vs. Semifinal Game #2 winner, 7:30 P-M

W-C-H-A Men's Hockey In Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI (Learfield) -- The bracket is set for the 2016 Western Collegiate Hockey Conference Men's Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Semifinal round games are set tonight, while the league title will be determined on tomorrow night.

Minnesota State-Mankato battles Bowling Green at 3 P-M today. The Mavericks are 20-12-and-7 this season, while the Falcons are 22-13-and-6. Michigan Tech opposes Ferris State in the evening game tonight.

Here is the schedule of games in the 2016 W-C-H-A Men's Hockey Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan:
Semifinal Game #1 (Friday): Minnesota State-Mankato vs. Bowling Green, 3 P-M
Semifinal Game #2 (Friday): Michigan Tech vs. Ferris State, 6:30 P-M
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal Game #1 winner vs. Semifinal Game #2 winner, 5 P-M

Gopher Women Gunning For Title

Durham, NH (Learfield) -- The University of Minnesota women's hockey team will try to defend its N-C-A-A championship this weekend in New Hampshire.

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The Golden Gophers have won three of the past four national titles, including the 2015 trophy. The Gophers are the national third-seed this year and will face rival Wisconsin in this evening's national semifinal game at 6 P-M. The Gophers are 2-and-3 against Wisconsin so far this season.

Top-seed Boston College skates against Clarkson in the other national semifinal at 3 P-M today. The winning teams will play in Sunday's championship game at 1 P-M.

Here is the slate of games in this weekend N-C-A-A Division I Women's Hockey Frozen Four in New Hampshire:
Semifinal Game #1 (Friday): Boston College vs. Clarkson, 3 P-M
Semifinal Game #2 (Friday): Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 6 P-M
Championship Game (Sunday): Semifinal Game #1 winner vs. Semifinal Game #2 winner, 1 P-M

Wild Back Home Tomorrow
St. Paul, MN (Learfield) -- The Minnesota Wild return to home ice tomorrow afternoon for a 1 P-M matinee game against Carolina. The Wild lost last night 7-4 in New Jersey and sit one point out of the playoff chase.