Top-ranked Gophers outdone by Michigan State in shootout
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The move into the inaugural year of the Big Ten hockey conference has brought on obvious changes for the Gophers, including a new way to lose: A shootout.
Goalie Adam Wilcox made 31 saves as the No. 1-ranked Gophers locked into a fierce 2-2 battle Friday night at Michigan State, but they were outdone by the Spartans in a shootout.
The shootout loss costs the Gophers an extra point in the Big Ten standing but does not hurt their overall record.
The Gophers (11-2-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) grabbed hold of the lead with a goal from Taylor Cammarata less than two minutes from the first intermission. But after the break, Michigan State didn't take long to notch the equalizer, tying the game at one just over a minute into the second period.
Minnesota again gained the advantage on the Spartans when Justin Kloos scored early in the third period off a power play, but Michigan State drew even only minutes later.
Kyle Rau, Sam Warning and Cammarata all missed their chances in the shootout as a lone score by Michigan State's Michael Ferrantino held up as the game-winner.
The Gophers outshot Michigan State 44-31.