College Hockey Scores: Weekend roundup - Minnesota, BC both pick up two wins

Minnesota swept Big Ten rival Ohio State, including Friday's 1-0 win outdoors at the Hockey City Classic. - Matt Christians

Injuries to key players, brawls, controversial goals and significant results impacting league standings and national Pairwise Rankings highlighted the weekend's college hockey action.

Looking around college hockey this weekend, there were some clear winners, and some teams that were dealt serious blows in their quest for glory come March and April.

Minnesota swept Ohio State, outdoors at the Hockey City Classic and then indoors on Hockey Day in Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are 7-0-1 in the Big 10 and in complete control of that conference race.

Similarly out east, Boston College has taken command in Hockey East. The Eagles defeated archrival Boston University, 6-4, before walloping Maine, 7-2, the next night. Jerry York's squad is six points in the clear of its nearest competitor.

Union and Quinnipiac, the top two teams in the ECAC standings, stepped out of conference on the weekend, but both now stand to receive number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament, if it started today. The Dutchmen impressively invaded the Whittemore center and came away with two 3-1 wins over New Hampshire.

Ferris State was swept by Minnesota State over a two-game WCHA series. The losses were the first two conference setbacks of the season for the Bulldogs.

Another loser was the aforementioned UNH Wildcats, dealt a sweep on home ice, but perhaps even more concerning were the serious injuries to star defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and second line center Grayson Downing.

College Hockey Schedule/Results: Jan. 16-18

Friday, Jan. 17
Atlantic Hockey
Sacred Heart 4 at Air Force 6 F
Connecticut 2 at Mercyhurst 2 F/OT
Army 0 at RIT 6 F
Holy Cross 4 at Niagara 2 F
American International 4 at Robert Morris 4 F/OT
Big Ten
Penn State 0 at Michigan State 3 F
Ohio State 0 at Minnesota 1 F Recap
ECAC
Yale 2 at Clarkson 3 F
Cornell 3 at Harvard 2 F
Colgate 4 at Dartmouth 1 F
Brown 5 at St. Lawrence 3 F
Hockey East
Maine 1 at UMass Lowell 1 F/OT
Vermont 2 at Northeastern 3 F Recap
Boston University 4 at Boston College 6 F Recap
NCHC
Western Michigan 5 at St. Cloud 5 F/OT
Denver 3 at Minnesota-Duluth 2 F/OT
Nebraska-Omaha 2 at Miami 2 F/OT
WCHA
Ferris State 2 at Minnesota State 6 F Recap
Alaska-Fairbanks 4 at Northern Michigan 5 F
Alaska-Anchorage 1 at Alabama-Huntsville 1 F/OT
Nonconference
North Dakota 1 at Bemidji State 1 F/OT
Merrimack 1 at Quinnipiac 6 F
Providence 2 at Colorado College 2 F/OT
Lake Superior 3 at Notre Dame 6 F
Union 3 at New Hampshire 1 F
Saturday, Jan. 18
Atlantic Hockey
Sacred Heart 0 at Air Force 4 F
Connecticut 3 at Mercyhurst 3 F/OT
Army 3 at RIT 4 F
Holy Cross 3 at Niagara 2 F
American International 2 at Robert Morris 5 F
Bentley 4 at Canisius 1 F
Big Ten
Penn State 2 at Michigan State 3 F
Ohio State 2 at Minnesota 4 F Recap
ECAC
Colgate 4 at Harvard 2 F Recap
Cornell 1 at Dartmouth 1 F/OT
Yale 4 at St. Lawrence 2 F
Brown 2 at Clarkson 3 F
Hockey East
Maine 2 at Boston College 7 F Recap
Boston University 1 at UMass Lowell 3 F
NCHC
Western Michigan 2 at St. Cloud 1 F Recap
Denver 2 at Minnesota-Duluth 2 F/OT
Nebraska-Omaha 5 at Miami 1 F
WCHA
Ferris State 3 at Minnesota State 4 F Brawl
Alaska-Fairbanks 4 at Northern Michigan 3 F
Alaska-Anchorage 4 at Alabama-Huntsville 1 F
Nonconference
Bemidji State 1 at North Dakota 4 F
Quinnipiac 3 at Merrimack 6 F Highlight
Providence 7 at Colorado College 2 F
Lake Superior 2 at Notre Dame 4 F
Union 3 at New Hampshire 1 F Video
Vermont 4 at Northeastern 1 F
Sunday, Jan. 19
Bentley 2 at Canisius 2 F/OT

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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