Gophers rally to tie Michigan State, but fall again in shootout
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The top-ranked Gophers hockey program and the Michigan State Spartans played to a tie for the second time in three meetings on Friday night.
The Spartans (8-12-4, 2-4-3 Big Ten) came away with the extra point in a shootout victory again as the Gophers (18-2-5, 7-0-2) extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games as they haven't lost in regulation since November.
The Gophers rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in the first period after freshman forward Hudson Fasching broke the seal on the Spartans' net on a power play before fellow freshman forward Justin Kloos netted the equalizer with 5:27 left in the third period to force overtime.
The Spartans' J.T. Stenglein and Matt Berry scored goals in the 2-1 shootout win after the Gophers' Sam Warning was shutout by Spartans goalie Jake Hildebrand to end the game.
Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox made 28 saves as the Spartans outshot the Gophers 30-28 on their home ice.
The Gophers and Spartans return to Mariucci Arena for the back end of the weekend series on Saturday at 7 p.m.