This weekend has a great slate of college hockey games, three of which will be broadcasted Friday night during primetime. So, if you get tired watching of Stanford/UCLA or the NIU/Kent State game becomes too boring, switch over and watch some puck. Here are the top NCAA games of the weekend:
No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha at No. 3 Minnesota: The Mavericks go into Minnesota just 1 point behind the Gophers in the WCHA standings. Coach Blais, a Minnesota alum, takes his team into Mariucci Arena expecting to sweep. UNO is led by senior goaltender John Faulkner, who has won seven out of his nine starts. But don’t count out the Golden Gophers, as Minnesota has yet to lose a game at home this season. Could this be the week? This series will be on FSN+ North both Friday and Saturday night.
Vermont at Maine: Two usual college hockey power houses are currently in the basement of Hockey East. Maine’s problem this year has been scoring goals; being outscored 11-21. In comparison, BC has scored 31 goals this season. Vermont hasn’t been much better, only posting 16, so look for this game to be a low scoring contest. If these teams want to make a run to the Frozen Four, they need to get their act together now. This game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Net at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Ohio State at Michigan State: This Big Ten battle in East Lansing pits two teams that have yet to find a groove this season. Michigan State currently is 9th in the CCHA and is five points back from the Buckeyes in the standings. If Sparty can sweep OSU, it would put the team back on track. Matt Berry has been the only standout for the Spartans this year and leads the team in points – he is also already two minutes behind his totals last year for PIMS. However, it won’t be easy for the 20-year old to score against senior Brady Hjelle. The former UMD Bulldog has posted a 1.45 GAA this season after transferring to Ohio State two years ago. On Friday, you can watch this game on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. as well.
Wisconsin at No. 5 Denver: This series is going to get ugly and its going to get ugly quickly. These two teams have been polar opposites this season. The Pioneers have been on fire this season, scoring 50 goals in 12 games. Denver is led by junior forward Nick Shore (Los Angeles Kings) who has six goals and 17 points on the season. If Bucky wants to win either of these games, it needs to stop Denver’s high powered offense and Landon Peterson needs to stand on his head. On Friday, this game will be the second half of NBC Sports Net Friday Night Ice doubleheader starting at 10 p.m.
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 1 Boston College vs No. 9 Boston University: The Big One. The Green Line Rivalry will take place on NBC Sports at 8 p.m. and it is going to be a good one. Boston College has been the elite of the college hockey world for the past decade, but Little Brother is knocking on the door. The Terriers are off to a spectacular start this season and are led by Casey Sophoman (+12 on the year) and true freshman D-Man Matt Grzelcyk, who has nine helpers on the year. As always, the Eagles are stocked with talent. Kevin Hayes (Chicago Blackhawks), Bill Arnold (Calgary Flames), and Patrick Wey (Washington Capitals) have all been huge contributors for BC, but no person has been more important than Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau has been amazing for the Eagles this year, posting an stat line of nine goals and 10 assists in only 11 games played. Five of those goals have been game winners.