Gophers Split Penn State Series
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (GopherSports.com) - The Gopher Hockey team erased a two-goal deficit including a game-tying goal with 40 seconds left in regulation before falling to Penn State 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night in the Big Ten series finale.
Down by two, the Gophers (17-10-3 overall, 8-3-3-0 Big Ten) made up ground in the second period with Travis Boyd'stwo power-play goals sandwiched around a third Penn State goal. The Gophers senior forward scored his first of the night at 8:17 from Mike Reilly and Adam Wilcoxand added his 15th goal of the season at 16:21 from Reilly and Kyle Rau after Conway scored his second of the night at 15:44 - sending the game into the third at a 3-2 advantage for the Nittany Lions.
The Minnesota senior class completed the comeback when Sam Warning pounded home the equalizer at 19:20 of the third period after being set up by Hudson Fasching and Rau for the extra-attacker goal. Minnesota's senior class ended the weekend with four of the team's five goals in the series and 20 of Minnesota's last 33 goals.
After a penalty was called on the Gophers in overtime, Penn State (16-10-4, 8-5-1-0) picked up its first-ever win over the Gophers when Luke Juha scored the game-winning power-play goal at 2:13 of the overtime session. Minnesota, which now holds a 5-1-0 mark against Penn State, closes out the regular-season at home against the Nittany Lions.
Adam Wilcox made 30 saves in net for Minnesota while PJ Musico picked up the win with 32 saves. The Gophers outshot the Nittany Lions 35-34 in the game and went 2-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Gopher Hockey returns to action next weekend, hosting Michigan State in a rare Thursday-Friday Big Ten series at Mariucci Arena.