The first of a two game series featuring Michigan and Minnesota occurred Friday night at Mariucci Arena and the scoring came early and often.
Minnesota’s Justin Kloos scored his tenth goal of the season at 5:29 on even strength off of assists from Nate Condon and Jake Parenteau. After three consecutive Michigan penalties to end period number one, Minnesota held a 1-0 lead despite being 0-3 on early power play chances. Each of the penalties came in a 6:16 span, but Minnesota couldn’t convert despite outshooting the Wolverines 16-5 in the first twenty minutes.
Shots on goal rained in like mad in the second period, as did the goals, with five pucks going in during the middle frame. The first of them went in at 1:19 as Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching put one past Michigan goaltender Steve Racine putting Minnesota up 2-0. Fasching was assisted by Sam Warning and Kyle Rau. The first power play goal of the night went to Michigan’s Andrew Copp at 9:45, forty seconds after a hooking minor sent Minnesota’s Jake Parenteau to the sin bin. Copp had assists from JT Compher and Mac Bennett. Minnesota’s Taylor Cammarata, unassisted in his effort, would make it 3-1 just six seconds later at 9:51.
The last two goals of the middle frame came on power plays as Minnesota’s Seth Ambroz showed deft touch in scoring his goal at 17:29, off assists from Sam Warning and Ben Marshall. JT Compher countered for Michigan at 18:35, off assists from Andrew Copp and Mac Bennett. Those three were a scoring combination 8:50 earlier in the second as well. Shots through forty minutes had Minnesota up 30-23.
Zach Hyman’s unassisted goal at 2:47 brought Michigan to within one at 4-3, but Gabe Guertler put the icing on the cake when he scored at 15:21. Connor Reilly and Vinni Lettieri assisted Guertler in his first goal of the season. Shots on goal for the night finished 38-37 to Michigan, and power plays had Michigan going 2-3. Minnesota went 1-7 on the man advantage.
The same two teams duel at 7pm Saturday, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports North.
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