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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 4-1 To Minnesota

by on February 06, 2016 6:10 AM

How It Happened:

Minnesota opened the scoring just over a minute into regulation as Connor Reilly beat Matthew Skoff in goal from the right circle with a long shot to the top corner of the net.

The Gophers didn't hold the lead for though as Chase Berger slammed home a rebound midway through the first period to tie the contest. Tommy Olczyk seemingly gave Penn State a 2-1 just over a minute later but the goal would be waved off following a video review which deemed that goalie interference had taken place.

Minnesota added one more with just 48 seconds left in the frame to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.

The Gophers added another midway through the second frame to make it 3-1 after several key saves by Skoff to keep the game at a one goal margin. The Nittany Lions pushed back with seven straight shots on goal to push the momentum in their direction but couldn't find the back of the net.

Minnesota added the game's final goal from in front of net with just 14:00 to go that put the potential comeback out of reach.

It Was Over When:

The Nittany Lions trailed 3-1 midway through the third period, but a goal by Minnesota with 14:00 to go in regulation turned the tide for good as the Gophers went up 4-1. Penn State had chances to cut into the 3-1 lead but couldn't connect making the eventual final score of the game all the more painful for the visitors.

Stat Of The Game:

Penn State got just 32 shots on goal, well below the Nittany Lions' average of 44 shots on goal per contest. Matthew Skoff gave up the first goal of the game on the first shot of the game.

The Nittany Lions went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill Friday night, the most PK chances against all season. Penn State has a PK percentage of 84.6 percent

Player Of The Game:

Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn was solid in net all night with 31 saves including a few big stops with the game still very much undecided.

Up Next:

Both teams will hit the ice Saturday night for game two of the series. Puck drop is set for 5 pm.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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