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Minnesota loses in first ever Big Ten shootout to Michigan State on Friday

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers, college hockey’s best team, opened a two game set in East Lansing, Michigan versus the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night, and the two teams ended tied after sixty five minutes.

On a night where Minnesota outshot Michigan State 46-33, Minnesota’s two goals from Taylor Cammarata (at 18:36 of the first period on even strength) and Justin Kloos (at 0:51 of the third period on the power play), Michigan State had answers from Mackenzie MacEachern and Villiam Haag in the second and third periods. The “Space Oddity” (to steal a David Bowie title) abound about Michigan State’s goals: they were both scored on even strength.

Mike Ferrantino scored the first ever shootout winning goal in Big Ten conference history as the Spartans earned the extra point given with the overtime format similar to that of the old CCHA.

Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox made thirty-one saves while Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand made forty-four.

The two teams play the series finale tomorrow afternoon at 4pm ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports North with BTN2Go.com as an additional option.

You can find the official scoresheet from Friday's game by clicking here.

Geoff Discher is Examiner.com's Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner as well as the National College Hockey Examiner. Leave a comment below, or feel free to reach him at Disch61@hotmail.com with comments, story ideas, or any general talk surrounding college hockey. You can find him on Facebook as well by clicking here as well as here and joining the conversation from the social media side as well. He's always chock full of fact and opinion. I’m also on Twitter @Disch_InTheVOX.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the rink!

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