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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 5-1 To No. 2 Minnesota

by on March 01, 2014 8:00 AM

Penn State couldn't slow down a focused No. 2 ranked Minnesota attack falling 5-1 in the first game of a road series.

The Nittany Lions would open the scoring just 3:12 into the game. Forward/defenseman Kenny Brooks would pounce on a rebound to put Penn State up 1-0. Penn State would have a chance to extend the lead minutes later but a shot would go just over the bar with the Nittany Lions looking to pull off a shocker.

Minnesota didn't wait long to respond to the early Penn State lead, shelling goaltender Matthew Skoff with shots and rushes to the net. The Gophers would tie the game 7:55 into the first period and score again four minutes later to take a 2-1 lead. The Gophers added another goal with just under four-minutes to go in the period to go up 3-1.

The Gophers would score in the opening minute of the second stanza while on the man advantage to take a 4-1 lead. The final goal of the night was scored 12:30 into the second period thanks to a shorthanded tally.

Skoff made 31 saves but simply couldn't stop a swarming Minnesota attack. Adam Wilcox would stop 18 shots on the Gopher end as Penn State struggled to produce quality scoring opportunites against the nation's No. 2 team.

Both teams will take the ice again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game will air on the NBC Sports Network.

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