In the first ever meeting between the two schools, Minnesota defeated Penn State 3-2 at Pegula Ice Arena. In the contest, Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox faced off against Eamon McAdam for the Nittany Lions.
Behind a first period which saw Minnesota outshoot Penn State 12-9, Brady Skjei scored his third goal of the season on even strength. Skjei had assists from AJ Michaelson and Connor Reilly on the goal which put the Gophers up 1-0 at 2:37.
Connor’s brother Mike would start the second period scoring with his eighth goal of the season off a power play for a tripping penalty at 11:04 to PSU. Mike’s goal came thirty seconds later, at 11:34. Reilly was assisted by Travis Boyd, and the assist was Boyd’s eighth of the year.
Taylor Holstrom put Penn State on the board with an even strength goal at 18:09 to cut the score to 2-1 through forty minutes. Holstrom had assists from David Goodwin and David Thompson on the effort. Shots through forty minutes favored Minnesota 26-19.
David Glen scored his second goal of the season for Penn State to tie the game at 3:45 of the third period. Glen’s goal had assists from Nate Jensen and Mark Yanis. At 15:59, Minnesota’s Ben Marshall would seal the deal by pocketing his third goal of the season with assists coming to Kyle Rau and Hudson Fasching.
Minnesota finished the game with a 45-30 shots edge. In a telling stat, Minnesota was 1-6 on power plays while Penn State was 0-2. The teams reconvene at Pegula Ice Arena tomorrow at 6pm CT in a game televised by BTN and streamed by BTN2Go.com. Attached is the final scoresheet from the game.
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