As the Hockey City Classic nears on Friday night (7pm, BTN and BTN2Go.com) as well as Hockey Day Minnesota (5pm, FOX Sports North), the Gophers get set to duel with a Big Ten rival in the Ohio State Buckeyes. Let’s take you inside the numbers.
3: In Sunday’s 3-2 win over Penn State, all three goals came from defensemen. That gives the Gopher D corps twenty-two goals on the year.
100: Minnesota’s Seth Ambroz will skate in his 100th game as a Gopher on Friday night when Minnesota takes the ice at TCF Bank Stadium. He had one goal in the 2013 Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago.
5: Minnesota has five straight wins versus the Buckeyes, and in all five games, Minnesota has scored at least two goals to win. They’ve allowed one goal twice, in both games from 2007.
19: Ohio State actually has three more power play conversions than Minnesota does, at 19-86. Minnesota has sixteen conversions in ninety-eight tries.
4: Minnesota is 4-2-1 on Hockey Day Minnesota (Saturday night this weekend) and hasn’t lost in the last three events.
2: Minnesota has allowed two goals in each of the last six games. Their record during that stretch: 4-0-2.
27: Ohio State’s Ryan Dzingel leads the Buckeyes in points with twenty-seven. The next closest Buckeye is Max McCormick with twenty. Thirteen of Dzingel’s points come on goals.
901:48: The number of minutes for Ohio State goaltenders Logan Davis and Matt Tomkins…combined. Davis has a 2.21 goals against average while Tomkins sports a 2.59.
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