NCAA Hockey Saturday -- The Big Swede

Michigan 4, Penn State 3

The below highlights package doesn't do Erik Portillo any favors. All the 6-foot-6 sophomore did was stop a career-high 44 shots to help the host Wolverines sweep the weekend set from the Nittany Lions.

You won't see much of that, though. The video shows all three PSU markers, with one being concerning. Portillo let in his third glove-side goal of the weekend on the Lions' final tally.

The video doesn't offer context. And that's important to remember.

But for a few minutes of Michigan flurries (when they scored), PSU dominated. The Lions outshot the hosts, 47-27, of which 16 came in the final period. Portillo stopped all 16. That allowed Michigan to first, rally, and second, hold on.

Portillo is quietly having an excellent campaign. It's quiet in these parts simply from the noise Devon Levi routinely makes for Northeastern.

Portillo owns stat lines of 25 games started, an 18-6-1 record, a 2.31 GAA, and a .921 Save Pct. Portillo has played all but 30 minutes in the Michigan net.

What of No.1 draft pick Owen Power? He's in the video, but he had a tough outing. You'll see Power give the puck away twice, and not contribute statistically to the Wolverines attack.

Not to worry. One difficult game isn't going the change the fact that OP22 is going to a be strong NHL player.

Michigan next -- Jan. 21 & 22 v Minnesota in Minneapolis

Saturday game --

Alaska 3, Minnesota 2

This was a bad result for Ryan Johnson and the Golden Gophers. Minnesota outshot the Nanooks, 38-15 in Minneapolis.

Alaska left Mariucci Arena with a 6-15-1 record. The Gophers fell to 13-9.

Johnson didn't register a point, finished even in plus-minus, and was credited with two blocks.

Minnesota next -- host Michigan (see above)

Saturday game --

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