March 12, 2017 12:00 AM
Jake Bischoff extended his career-best point streak to 10 games on Saturday night, rallying the No. 5 Gopher Hockey program to a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan State before the Maroon & Gold fell in a three-round shootout.
After setting an NCAA record with its sixth-straight regular-season conference title (including the first four Big Ten championships in league history) on Friday night, Minnesota fell in its first shootout since Jan. 31, 2015 - snapping a stretch of seven-straight Big Ten games with a deciding goal in overtime.
The top-seeded Gophers (23-10-3 overall, 14-5-1-0 Big Ten) now head to the 2017 Big Ten Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where they'll play the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal matchup between Penn State and Michigan. Minnesota's semifinal game is slated for Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, Michigan State (7-23-4, 3-14-3-1) jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Mason Appleton at 12:27 of the first period. Sam Saliba and Taro Hirose set up the only blemish on Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn's 26-save night.
After a scoreless second period, Bischoff found the back of the net on a pretty setup from Rem Pitlick and Justin Kloos at 3:51 of the third period. Bischoff's fifth goal of the year also stands as his 32nd point of the season - a career high for the alternate captain. The senior leads all Big Ten defensemen and ranks tied for sixth among NCAA defensemen in scoring while his 85 blocks rank tied for eighth in the nation.
Meanwhile, Pitlick's assist gave the Gophers rookie a point in his fifth-straight game while Kloos now owns sole possession of 28th-place in Minnesota's scoring with 149 career points.
Neither team could break the logjam - even in overtime -- as the game went to a shootout. The visitors prevailed 2-1 in the shootout with goals from Hirose and Zach Osburn. Kloos tallied Minnesota's goal in the shootout.
Noteworthy for the Gophers: Minnesota outshot Michigan State 33-27...Minnesota remained unbeaten this year when it doesn't surrender a power-play goal (3-for-3 tonight) as the team is now 17-0-2 this year with an unblemished penalty kill...Minnesota hasn't surrendered a power-play goal in the last three games (nine chances).
(Courtesy: University of Minnesota)
Created: March 12, 2017 12:00 AM
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