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The goalie stood strong early and the offense took over late as the Minnesota Gophers beat an upstart Michigan State team for the 10th time in a row, opening up a close contest late for their most lopsided win of the season.
The goalie stood strong early and the offense took over late as the Minnesota Gophers beat an upstart Michigan State team for the 10th time in a row, opening up a close contest late for their most lopsided win of the season.
Michigan State has a new coach, a new attitude and a familiar name in goal, but don't tell the Spartans that it's a big deal to have Minnesota -- ranked atop one national poll -- visiting this weekend. They're all about getting better, no matter the foe.
Playing in what may be his professional home someday, Gophers rookie Logan Cooley put on a show, while Justen Close made an emphatic return from illness as Minnesota survived a strong challenge from the Sun Devils.
Jaxon Nelson scored twice and rookie goalie Owen Bartoszkiewicz put in a strong performance for a 6-3 win and a weekend sweep of the Wolverines.
On a night where both teams were missing key players due to illness, sophomore Rhett Pitlick scored twice and rookies did the rest of the heavy lifting as the Minnesota Gophers never trailed in a key road win at Michigan.
Trailing in the second period, the Minnesota Gophers got goals from two of their more experienced forwards to overcome red-hot Penn State and head out on a six-game road trip on a high note.
The Minnesota Gophers coach said his team played 35 minutes of good hockey versus high-flying Penn State. That was not nearly enough to win a 60-minute game, as the Nittany Lions toppled the nation's top-ranked team for the second time in a week.
Off to their best season start in program history and quickly climbing the national rankings, Penn State comes to Minneapolis with their "shoot first" style that at times has given the Minnesota Gophers fits. And for the Nittany Lions, facing the nation's top-ranked team is nothing new.
While the Fighting Irish struggled to get their offense on track, the Minnesota Gophers enjoyed plenty of time around the visitors net, scoring a pair of second-period goals to take control of a close game and complete the weekend sweep.