Minnesota and Penn State saw each other on Friday in the weekend kickoff, and the game was also Minnesota’s second to last true home game of the season.
Minnesota had the first two shots on goal in the opening two minutes, but would take a penalty at 2:11 as Justin Holl went in for interference. Kenny Brooks would make the Gophers pay as he put Penn State on the board at 3:12 with assists from Zach Saar and David Goodwin.
The rest of the first few minutes were lethargic until 7:55 when Minnesota’s Mike Reilly took a turnover and threw a pass to Sam Warning, who scored his twelfth goal of the season on even strength. Mike Reilly, as mentioned, received the only assist.
At 11:05, Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching lit the lamp after a ruckus in front of the net resulted in the goal. Ben Marshall and Travis Boyd were credited with assists, and dare we say it, it looked as though Penn State was like the North Dakota School of the Blind with the way they were playing in the opening frame.
You could say that the ice was tilted dramatically in the direction of the Gophers late in the first, even though shots were only 9-7 to Minnesota. At 16:10, shots were even at ten and Minnesota’s Kyle Rau put Minnesota up 3-1 with an assist going to Hudson Fasching.
Penn State’s Kenny Brooks would be called for holding at 18:41, giving Minnesota its first power play of the game with which to work. Minnesota was able to take forty-one seconds into the second period.
As twenty minutes elapsed, Minnesota led 3-1 with shots being Minnesota’s 14-10.
The second period started with a Taylor Cammarata power play goal at 0:30, putting his eighth of the season in the net. Travis Boyd and Mike Reilly assisted Cammarata on the effort.
Penn State’s David Thompson drew a tripping penalty at 7:18, giving Minnesota its second power play of the night, but the Gophers couldn’t do much with the man advantage.
Minnesota’s Jake Parenteau got an elbowing minor at 10:08, putting Penn State on the PP for a second time on the night. The Parenteau penalty ended without much fanfare, but Minnesota’s Ben Marshall got an interference call at 12:22.
Eight seconds later, Minnesota’s Nate Condon got credited with a shorthanded goal which was unassisted.
After three penalties were shared between the two teams in the later stages of the second period, and an additional Justin Holl penalty for boarding at 15:28, Minnesota went into the room up 5-1. Shots on goal favored the Gophers 26-22. Penn State’s David Glen and Sam Warning were given high sticking minors at 20:00 as well.
At 1:03 of the third period, Penn State’s Casey Bailey would put the ice into a four on three situation for the Gophers (their third power play) when he was hauled off for hooking.
Minnesota’s third power play of the night would go up in smoke, but if you look at the game to that point critically, you would think the penalty wouldn’t necessarily directly affect the outcome.
There weren’t many whistles in the first few minutes of the third, but for fifty-six total shots being put on goal, it wasn’t much of a contest being played.
At the end of it all, Minnesota won 5-1 while out-shooting Penn State 36-31. Power plays had Penn State at 1-5 and Minnesota at 1-3. A final score sheet can be accessed by clicking here.
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