Senior night in Minneapolis was a chance to honor the departing class at the University of Minnesota, and the Gophers did it in a big way, earning a hard fought 2-1 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Minnesota’s starting goaltender (and senior) Michael Shibrowski played in the matchup, making twenty-six saves in the victory. The first goal of the game was scored by Minnesota’s Travis Boyd at 12:37 in the first period. Seth Ambroz and Michael Brodzinski assisted Boyd in the even strength effort. Shots on goal after one were 13-11 to Minnesota.
The second period saw Penn State tie the game with Curtis Loik getting his fifth goal of the year on even strength at 17:14 off an assist from Connor Varley. The only penalty of the period came earlier, at 4:59 to Penn State’s Jonathan Milley, who went to the sin bin for hooking. Minnesota couldn’t capitalize on their power play and coupled with a power play from a Taylor Holmstrom boarding call at the end of the first, Minnesota was 0-2 on PPs after two periods. Shots through forty minutes had Minnesota up 22-19.
The third period saw a goal from Tom Serratore at 13:15 to end the scoring on even strength. The goal was his third of the season and he had assists by Travis Boyd and Ben Marshall. At 0:49, the only coincidental minors to be called on the night occurred with Penn State’s Patrick Koudys going to the box for tripping and Serratore for Minnesota for hitting after the whistle. Penn State got a power play at 3:04 when Minnesota had too many men on the ice. What’s the point of all of that? Minnesota would finish 0-2 on power plays compared to Penn State’s 0-1. Shots on goal in the win went to Minnesota 37-27. A full boxscore can be seen by clicking here.
Minnesota continues play next weekend when they travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Mar 7-8. Friday’s game starts at 6:30pm CT while Saturday’s series capper starts at 5:30 pm CT.
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