After week off, Gophers hockey returns with rout of Penn State
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For the first few minutes on Friday, Penn State had the Gophers hockey team on its heels.
A quick Penn State goal just over three minutes in at Mariucci Arena made the Gophers look like a team trying to shake off the rust after a week off.
But Minnesota rebounded with authority. Right wing Hudson Fasching picked up a goal and an assist as the No. 2 ranked Gophers (22-4-5) put together a 5-1 rout of Penn State (6-21-2).
Minutes after Penn State's opening goal, Sam Warning netted the equalizer. The Gophers would go on to tally two more goals, from Fasching and Kyle Rau, before the period was over.
The Gophers, who outshot Penn State 36-31, continued their scoring onslaught in the second period when Taylor Cammarata got past Nittany Lions goaltender Matthew Skoff to make it 4-1. Nate Condon made it a four goal lead for Minnesota later in the period, scoring the team's first short-handed goal of the season.
Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox recovered after the early goal to record 30 saves.
The Gophers conclude their weekend series with Penn State on Saturday night (6 p.m. NBCSN, MyTalk107.1).