Gophers fall 4-1 at Michigan State

Gophers fall 4-1 at Michigan State

Updated: January 10, 2020 09:01 PM

Jackson LaCombe’s first collegiate goal wasn’t enough for the Gopher Hockey program on Friday night as the Maroon & Gold opened 2020 with a 4-1 loss at Michigan State. 

After the Spartans had built a comfortable four-goal lead at Munn Ice Arena through two periods, Minnesota (7-10-4 overall, 2-5-4-3 Big Ten) benefited from eight power-play opportunities in the third period including a trio of abbreviated 5-on-3 chances.


LaCombe’s first goal with Minnesota was the product of one of those opportunities as the freshman defenseman buried a power-play goal after being set up by Sammy Walker and Blake McLaughlin. 

Michigan State (11-9-1, 7-3-1-0) recorded three points (one goal, two assists) from Patrick Khoderenko while Mitchell Lewandowski and Sam Saliba each tallied a goal and an assist. Gianluca Esteves tallied the eventual game winner for the Spartans. 

Jack LaFontaine took the loss for Minnesota, making six saves on nine shots to fall to 4-6-3 on the year. Jared Moe took over for the final 40 minutes and made 14 saves on 15 shots. John Lehemon made 25 saves on 26 shots to improve to 11-6-1 while Spencer Wright played the final 14 seconds without facing a shot. 

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