The Gophers have a five-point cushion in the Big Ten standings and can clinch a share of the league title with one point this weekend while two points clinch the outright title for Minnesota.
The Gophers (24-4-6 overall, 13-2-3-0 Big Ten) will travel to Michigan next weekend with a five-point cushion in the conference standings.
The Gophers will attempt to capture the inaugural Big Ten Conference regular-season championship on Saturday in the series finale at 5:30 p.m. CT.
For Minnesota seniors Nate Condon, Justin Holl, Jake Parenteau, Tom Serratore and Michael Shibrowski, this weekend's series with Penn State will be their final games at Mariucci Arena.
With two games remaining at Mariucci Arena this season, Minnesota (21-4-5, 10-2-2-0 Big Ten) has just one loss at home on the season with a 14-1-3 record.
Minnesota beat Michigan, 5-3, on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
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International: Skated with the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting six points in four games also skated with the U.S. U-17 Team at the 2011 Five Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor.
Juniors: Spent the last two seasons with the Fargo Force of the USHL in his final year of junior hockey, tallied 51 points (30 goals, 21 assists) in 60 regular-season games helped Fargo to the 2013 Clark Cup with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 13 postseason games joined Fargo in 2011-12 and contributed 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 57 games prior to his tenure with Fargo, averaged nearly two points per game with Team Illinois in the Tier 1 AAA Hockey League in 2010-11.
Personal:Born May 3, 1995 son of Mitch and Jacky Guertler has two sisters, Natasha and Melanie Gopher hockey's first student-athlete from the state of Florida.
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