On a night where Minnesota was looking to hand Penn State an in-conference sweep on its home ice, the Gophers notched the first two goals in order to sail home with a 5-2 win. Adam Wilcox and Eamon McAdam again got the nods in the cages.
The scoring started at 2:25 of the first period as Minnesota’s Travis Boyd scored his sixth goal of the season, a power play tally off a hooking call to Penn State’s Max Gardiner at 1:09. Boyd had assists from Hudson Fasching and Mike Reilly on the only goal in the first twenty minutes. That was one of Minnesota’s nine shots in the opening twenty minutes while Penn State took twelve.
Minnesota’s Sam Warning scored the only goal of period number two, which was his sixth on the season. The goal at 17:15 came on even strength and had assists from Justin Kloos and Ben Marshall. Also at 17:15, Penn State shot itself in the foot when Taylor Holmstrom took a slashing penalty which Minnesota was unable to capitalize on. Shots were 11-10 to Penn State in the second twenty minutes, for 23-19 overall to the Nittany Lions.
The goals kept coming in the third, which was not good for goaltending statistics. Sam Warning made it 3-0 Minnesota at 6:06 as his seventh goal of the season had assists coming from Michael Brodzinski and Justin Kloos. Kenny Brooks finally put Penn State on the board (down 3-1) when he notched his second goal of the season on even strength with assists going to David Glen and Curtis Loik. Brooks’ goal came at the 10:01 mark.
Seventeen seconds later, at 10:18, Minnesota had an answer when Nate Condon scored his third goal of the season with the assists from Sam Warning and Ben Marshall. Penn State’s Curtis Loik would score his second point of the game (his third goal of the season) at 16:30 on even strength.
With four seconds left in the game, Justin Kloos netted an empty-net goal for his eighth goal of the season. Kloos had a helping hand from Travis Boyd and Nate Condon in the effort.
Shots finished up 38-25 to Penn State, while the Nittany Lions finished 0-3 on the man advantage. Minnesota was 1-5. Here's a final scoresheet from the game.
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