Gophers Fall in Longest Game in Big Ten Hockey History

Gophers Fall in Longest Game in Big Ten Hockey History

March 17, 2017 11:51 PM

Courtesy: Gophers Media Relations

Penn State’s power-play goal at 13:33 of the second overtime session ended the longest game in Big Ten Conference history on Friday night as the Gopher Hockey program suffered a 4-3 double overtime loss in its Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup in Detroit.

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Eric Schierhorn made a career-high 59 saves in 93:33 of work as the Gophers now wait to see where they will be sent for the NCAA tournament. Schierhorn’s four highest career save totals have now come against the Nittany Lions.

Minnesota picked up goals from Rem Pitlick, Justin Kloos and Jack Sadek in the game.

After Penn State jumped out to an early lead with Nikita Pavlychev’s goal 65 seconds into the contest, the Gophers rallied back with a pair of tallies. Ryan Norman and Darian Romanko fed Pitlick for the Minnesota rookie’s 13th of the year at 7:20 and Justin Kloos blasted home the go-ahead power-play goal at 9:55 for his 150th point with the Gophers. Tyler Sheehy and Pitlick set up the goal although Penn State added an equalizer at 3:48 of the second period from Alec Marsh.

The two Big Ten rivals exchanged goals in the third period with the Nittany Lions striking on a power-play goal from Dylan Richard at 1:00 before Sadek scored his third goal in as many games to make it a 3-3 game off a faceoff win from Vinni Lettieri at 3:42 of the third.

After a scoreless first overtime session, Erik Autio notched the game winner on Penn State’s sixth power play of the night at 13:33 of the second overtime.

 Penn State outshot the Gophers 63-40 in the contest. Minnesota went 1-for-2 on the power play.

 The Gophers will learn their NCAA Tournament seed on Sunday. They're expected to be a No. 2 seed.


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