Now that we’re in the month of November, college hockey is in full swing. Teams are looking to continue hot streaks or get out of some low points, and many surprises have been happening this season already.
In the Big Ten region, Minnesota leads the way with a 3-1-0 record in conference. Penn State and Norte Dame are right behind them in the conference. Some breakthrough stars in the conference include Rem Pitlick, Trent Frederic, and Denis Smirnov. Pitlick, forward for Minnesota, has notched 4 goals and 5 assists. The Nashville Predators draftee is looking forward to surpass his 31-point season last year. Frederic plays for the Wisconsin Badgers and was drafted by the Boston Bruins. He has 5 goals and 5 assists this year in 10 games played. Smirnov currently plays for Penn State and was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2017. He has 5 goals and 6 assists in 8 games played.
This season, many players are off to a fast start. First in points is Jake Evans from Notre Dame. Currently, he has 15 points in 9 games and looks to lead the way the rest of the year. Second in points is Northeastern’s Dylan Sikura. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect has 6 goals and 8 points in only seven games. Freshman Sheldon Rempal has 7 goals and 6 assists with Clarkson.
Even though the season started not too long ago, it’s already brought several surprises and upsets, one of which includes Western Michigan beating No. 1 Denver. They handed Denver their first loss of the season in a 6-5 game. Additionally, Minnesota State beat No. 2 ranked Boston University in a 3-0 battle. Finally, St. Cloud starting with a 7-0-0 overall record also comes as a surprise. They look to continue the streak against Denver.
November is a huge month for college hockey as teams are getting set for a long road ahead. Many upsets, surprises, and battles are in the future and ready to be played.