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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Thumped 7-1 By Minnesota

by on January 09, 2016 7:20 PM

The No. 15 Nittany Lion men’s hockey team settled for a split with Minnesota following a 7-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in front of 6,105 fans. Vince Pedrie tallied a goal for the second straight game.

"They're a very good team,” Head coach Guy Gadowsky said. “It's Minnesota, that's a level that I think this program would like to rise to at some point and this is a good reminder that we're not there yet."

Penn State (13-4-3, 3-1-0-0 Big Ten) suffered its first loss in conference play this season and its largest margin of defeat at Pegula Ice Arena. Minnesota (9-10-0, 4-2-0-0 Big Ten) split a series a second straight Big Ten road weekend.

The Gophers limited Penn State to a season-low 30 shots, while connecting on seven of 32 attempts including three short-handed goals. Hudson Fasching had two of those short-handers, while Justin Kloos ended with a four-point day. Eric Scheirhorn had 29 saves in the win.

Leon Bristedt opened the scoring 7:43 into the contest, scoring in transition from Tommy Novak and Nick Seeler, who would add another assist on Fasching’s first short-handed goal for a 2-0 lead after one period.

In a penalty-filled second period that saw Penn State fend off all three Minnesota power plays, Tyler Sheehy connected on an even-strength tally at the 2:29 mark from Kloos and Jack Sadek. Penn State was a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and has now successfully killed 13 in a row.

A turnover deep in Penn State territory allowed Vinni Lettieri to bag his third of the year just 1:31 into the frame for a 4-0 lead.

A chance to eat into the deficit came on a double-minor by Michael Brodzinski that put Penn State on a four-minute power play with 14:11 remaining. Penn State elected to pull Matthew Skoff for a 6-on-4 power play, but Kloos was able to take advantage of the empty net for an unassisted short-handed goal and a 5-0 lead.

Facing added another short-handed goal from Kloos with 6:09 remaining before Pedrie uncorked a shot from the left point to prevent the shutout. David Goodwin won a loose puck in the corner and found Dylan Richard. Richard slid the puck form the corner across the zone to Pedrie, who score the game-winning goal last night. Goodwin earned his team-leading 13th assist on the play.

The scoring was capped by Ryan Norman’s second of the season off a faceoff, assisted by Jack Ramsey and Darian Romanko.



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