WISCONSIN, PENN STATE ADVANCE TO BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON SATURDAY
Tickets Start at $18 For Final College Hockey Game at Joe Louis Arena; Badgers and Nittany Lions Face Off at 8:00 p.m. in Title Game
DETROIT – The championship game of the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament is set after the Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions picked up wins in the semifinals on Friday, March 17, at Joe Louis Arena. Saturday’s title game will mark the final college hockey game at historic Joe Louis Arena. Puck drop is set for 8:00 p.m. with the winner receiving the conference’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Second-seeded Wisconsin defeated third-seeded Ohio State, 2-1, in Friday’s first semifinal matchup. Sophomore forward Will Johnson’s goal at 1:30 of the third period proved to be the game-winner, helping the Badgers reach the Big Ten tournament championship game. Wisconsin captain and sophomore forward Luke Kunin got the Badgers on the board near the end of the first, beating Ohio State goalie Matt Tomkins on a rebound in front of the net. Ohio State’s only goal of the game came on the power play at the 13:48 mark of the second period as sophomore forward Dakota Joshua (Dearborn, Mich.) tucked one past Badgers freshman goalie Jack Berry (Holly, Mich.), who made 23 saves in the victory.
Fourth-seeded Penn State took down top-seeded Minnesota, 4-3 in double overtime, in the second semifinal game of the night. Nittany Lions junior defenseman Erik Autio scored the game-winner 13:33 into the second overtime on the power play. Autio’s one-timer from close range beat Minnesota sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn, who made 59 saves for the Golden Gophers. Penn State jumped out to an early lead thanks to freshman Nikita Pavlychev’s goal 1:05 into the opening frame. Minnesota struck back with two goals within 2:25 later in the first courtesy of freshman Rem Pitlick and senior Justin Kloos to take a 2-1 lead. Goals from sophomore Alec Marsh in the second and senior Dylan Richard in the third helped the Nittany Lions re-take a one-goal lead, but Minnesota sophomore defenseman Jack Sadek found the back of the net on a shot from the blueline at 3:42 to tie the game at 3-3 and force the extra session.
Tomorrow’s title matchup will be this year’s fifth meeting between Wisconsin and Penn State. The Nittany Lions held the edge in the regular season series, winning three of the four games by a combined 21-12 margin. The Big Ten Tournament Championship Game will be broadcast live on BTN.
BIG TEN ICE MEN’S ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Semifinal #1: Wisconsin 2, Ohio State 1
Semifinal #2: Penn State 4, Minnesota 3 (2OT)
Quarterfinal #1: Ohio State 6, Michigan State 3
Quarterfinal #2: Penn State 4, Michigan 1
FAMILY 4-PACKS AVAILABLE FOR BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Starting at $49, fans can purchase Family 4-Packs for the Big Ten Tournament. The offer features four single-session tickets, four slices of pizza or hot dogs and four soft drinks for any date of the Big Ten Tournament. Family 4-Packs can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com.
SINGLE-SESSION TICKETS AVAILABLE
College hockey fans can take in all the action of the Big Ten Tournament by purchasing single-session tickets, starting at $18, which allow access to all Big Ten Tournament games on the corresponding day.
Prices for single-session tickets are as follows:
|BIG TEN HOCKEY TICKET PRICING||INDIVIDUAL DAY|
|Lower Level Reserved Rows 0-1||$45|
|Lower Level Reserved Rows 2-20||$30|
|Upper Level GA Rows 1-20||$18|
Single-session tickets for the Big Ten Tournament can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com.