There may only be seven Big Ten schools that offer a men’s hockey program, but ten notable Black Hawks alumni skate in the conference. The prestigious league includes former Hawks on five of seven rosters, including a couple featuring players who were previously teammates in Waterloo.
The Big Ten solidified into a hockey conference beginning in 2013/14, adding Notre Dame in 2017/18. In that brief span, two former Hawks (Tyler Sheehy for Minnesota and Cale Morris for Notre Dame) have been recognized with Big Ten Player of the Year honors, while four (Sheehy, Morris, Justin Kloos, and Rem Pitlick) have earned a place on an All-Big Ten team.
There are three conference series scheduled for this weekend. Before the puck drops, here’s what Waterloo alumni have been up to in the Big Ten so far this winter.
Solag Bakich • Jr.
After producing seven points last season, Bakich has already doubled that total this winter with four goals and ten assists. Four of those points have come against conference opponents. He currently ranks eighth in team scoring. Bakich’s impressive +12 plus/minus differential places him third among the Fighting Irish in that category. With a 17-7-0 record, Notre Dame is currently ranked 12th in this week’s USA Hockey NCAA poll.
Ben Copeland • Sr.
A change of scenery has given Copeland a boost. Colorado College struggled last year, leading to Copeland’s transfer. With 21 points, his next goal or assist will give him a new career high at the NCAA level. Copeland’s first goal with the Nittany Lions was against North Dakota on October 30th; four others have come against Big Ten competition, including three versus Michigan. This weekend, Copeland and Penn State host Ohio State for a two-game series.
Grant Gabriele • Sr.
Gabriele’s senior year is already his best in several regards. He entered the season with a -28 plus/minus differential over the past three campaigns. This winter, he is +15. Gabriele has played in all 26 Buckeyes games and also has a career-best 16 points (five goals, 11 assists). That currently puts him fifth in team scoring. Gabrielle’s 100th college game was a 4-2 win against Notre Dame on December 3rd; he tallied one assist in Ohio State’s 4-2 win.
David Gucciardi • Fr.
The National Hockey League has been weighing Gucciardi’s first season at the college level, with positive feedback from Central Scouting. Gucciardi was ranked 74th among draft-eligible North American skaters in midterm rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft, which were released earlier this month. The defenseman celebrated a two-goal night against Michigan Tech during the Spartans’ 3-2 overtime win December 30th. That included the winning goal. In total, Gucciardi has four goals and six assists while appearing in all 26 MSU games.
Patrick Guzzo • So.
The only shorthanded goal Ohio State has scored in 2021/22 came from Guzzo. He recorded it against Michigan State on October 30th, less than three minutes into the game. It helped to spark a 5-1 Buckeyes victory – their first in conference this season – and split that weekend series against the Spartans. Guzzo’s second year in the program has provided additional opportunities, resulting in six goals and five assists. He had two goals in 26 games as a freshman.
Kyle Haskins • So.
Haskins and the Spartans are off this weekend. January has been a tough month for Michigan State, as the program ended up on the wrong side of sweeps by Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. Haskins did tally his first point of this season with an assist versus the Badgers on January 14th. It helped tie the game midway through the first period before Wisconsin pulled back ahead two minutes later. As a freshman last year, Haskins had a goal and four assists in 27 appearances.
Xander Lamppa • So.
Penn State’s most impressive Big Ten win this winter came last Saturday with a 7-2 home result versus the Wisconsin Badgers. Lamppa tallied an assist on the Nittany Lions’ final goal of the night. That gives him one goal and four assists this season. As a freshman in 2020/21, Lamppa was limited to 13 appearances and two points (one goal, one assist). Penn State is currently last in the Big Ten standings but could climb two spots with a victory.
James Marooney • Jr.
Marooney played in 13 games during 2019/20 and was limited to 10 last year. With 21 appearances so far this season, if he is on the ice for both of the Buckeyes’ upcoming games at Penn State, he will match the total from his first two college seasons combined. Ohio State goes into this weekend’s series tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead. On November 27th against Mercyhurst, Marooney notched his first NCAA goal, to go along with three assists this season.
Jared Moe • Jr.
Moving from Minnesota to Wisconsin has provided Moe with the opportunity to carry the goaltending load. The junior has played in 22 of the Badgers’ 26 games, including 19 starts. He has been credited with six of Wisconsin’s eight wins and the team’s only shutout: a 19-save effort against Army in mid-October. An even more memorable moment might have come on November 5th, when Moe made 44 saves against his former Gopher teammates during a 4-3 overtime win. Wisconsin and Minnesota meet for two more games at the end of February.
Ryder Rolston • So.
Notre Dame’s most recent game was on January 19th in South Bend. Rolston exploded for a hat trick in an 8-2 victory over Boston College. He finished the three-goal performance during the final minute of regulation. It was his second multigoal game of the season; on November 19th, Rolston scored the game-tying and game-winning goals during a 3-2 road victory at Michigan. With nine goals and 12 assists, Rolston’s 21 points now stand second on the team and more than triple his freshman scoring (one goal, five assists).
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