Updated: November 19, 2021 09:08 PM
Created: November 19, 2021 08:58 PM
Five different Nittany Lions players scored as Penn State defeated the Gophers men's hockey team 5-3 Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
The Gophers fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but tied it up with 32-seconds left in the opening frame when freshman Matthew Knies scored. Knies had a three-point night for Minnesota.
The Gophers took a 2-1 lead when Jaxon Nelson scored on the power play early in the second period, but Penn State's Connor MacEachern answered with a power-play goal of his own 1:25 later. The Nittany Lions then took a 3-2 lead on a Ben Copeland goal.
Nelson scored his second goal of the night with the man advantage with 1:02 left in the second period and the teams went into the second intermission tied at 3-3.
Penn State controlled the action early in the third period. Christian Sarlo scored a power-play goal 2:10 in the third to give the Nittany Lions a 4-3 lead. Chase McLane scored an unassisted goal 58-seconds later for a 5-3 Penn State lead.
The loss dropped the Gophers to 2-5 on Friday nights this season.
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