Top-ranked Gophers hockey outlasts Penn State for road Big Ten win
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The top-ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team (14-2-3, 4-0-1 Big Ten) skated to a 3-2 win over Penn State in the first-ever conference game between the two teams on Sunday night at Pegula Ice Arena.
Defenseman Ben Marshall's third-period goal broke the 2-2 tie at the 15:59 mark to put the Gophers up for good. Minnesota lost a 2-0 lead about four minutes into the third period off a deflection from the Nittany Lions' David Glen from a Nate Jensen shot.
Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox made 27 saves on 29 shots as the Gophers overwhelmed the Nittany Lions with 45 shots on goal. Wilcox improved to 13-2-3 in his sophomore season, while the Gophers (4-0-1 in conference) notched another win in the first Big Ten hockey season.
Penn State goalie Eamon McAdam kept the Nittany Lions competitive with 42 saves, but ultimately fell to 0-5 on the season.
All three Gophers goals came from defensemen as Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly added scores.
Penn State falls to 4-11-1, including 0-3-0 in the Big Ten. The puck drops for the back end of the Gophers-Nittany Lions series on Monday night at 6 p.m. CT.