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.
The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey program returns to action this weekend with a Big Ten Conference series at Ohio State.
The Gophers improved to 15-1-3 at Mariucci Arena this season - one loss at Mariucci Arena is the fewest in a season in the facility's 20-year history.
The Gophers, who are 15-1-3 at home this season, close out the home schedule tomorrow night against Penn State at 6 p.m.
Minnesota beat Wisconsin in its first Big Ten Hockey game with 4-1 victory.
Minnesota scored four first-period goals in a 6-1 win over Boston College.
Minnesota opened the 2013-14 season with a 6-0 win over Mercyhurst.
The Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State, 5-1, in the season opener.
Men's Hockey Action
2012-13 Freshman Season:Appeared in 36 games this season as a freshman for the Gophers led all Minnesota rookies with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 2012-13 assisted on a pair of goals in his Gophers debut vs. Michigan State (10/12) scored his first collegiate goal in a 5-1 triumph at Vermont (11/23) played as a forward and scored a goal against the tigers of Colorado College (12/7). his goal against Colorado College meant he took a three-game point streak into the holiday break played in every game, as a freshman, prior to the holiday break for the Gophers missed two games to compete with the U.S. National Junior team, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia recorded the primary assist on Ben Marshall's game-winning goal against Alaska Anchorage to give the Gophers a 4-3 victory (1/11) notched an assist on Nate Condon's third-period goal at St. Cloud State (2/9) assisted on a first-period goal by Sam Warning in a 3-2 victory at Wisconsin (2/15) scored a power-play goal in the first period against Minnesota Duluth to give the Gphers an early lead (2/23).
International: Participated in the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp recorded one assist in five games for the third-place United States at the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Langley, B.C., skating with fellow Gopher freshman A.J. Michaelson.
Juniors/High School: Under head coach Fred Harbinson in 2011-12, helped the BCHL's Penticton Vees set a North American junior hockey record with a 42-game win streak en route to RBC Cup and Doyle Cup championships was a teammate of brothers and current Gopher freshmen Connor and Ryan led BCHL defensemen in goals (24), assists (59), and points (83) and won the BCHL Interior Conference Best Defenseman Award selected to the BCHL All-Rookie Team and was a first-team All-Interior Conference selection named Vees' Player of the Month in October skated for Shattuck St. Mary's under head coach Tom Ward in 2010-11 led Sabres defensemen in scoring with 43 points and helped guide the team to an Under-18 Tier I National Championship played two seasons of prep hockey for the Academy of Holy Angels with both of his brothers under coach Greg Trebil led team's defensemen in scoring and was an All-Missota Conference honoree in both years drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Personal: Plans to major in business earned the Silver Award for having a GPA of 3.3 or higher three times at Shattuck St. Mary's hobbies include golfing, roller blading, and spending time on the lake most memorable sports thrills were winning national championships with Shattuck St. Mary's in 2010-11 and the Penticton Vees in 2011-12 older brothers Connor and Ryan (twins) are also freshmen on the Gophers sister, Shannon, played hockey at Ohio State from 2006-10 son of Mike and Lisa Reilly father, Mike, played college hockey at Colorado College from 1976-78 and at Minnesota from 1979-81 and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977 born July 13, 1993.