Penn State gave the No.2 ranked team in the nation all it could handle on Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions fell 2-1 in the second game of the two-game road series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers but showed plenty of fight for all three periods. Considering the Nittany Lions loar 5-1 less than 24 hours earlier, the near-victory was even more impressive.
The Gophers opened the scoring 12:37 into the first period.
Penn State netminder PJ Musico got the start in goal and made 35 saves on the night.
Both teams would trade shots during the back-and-forth action in the second period and Curtis Loik would put Penn State on the board with just under three minutes to play in the second stanza. The goal was Loik's fifth on the year and a critical tally heading into the final period of play.
Penn State came close on a few occasions including an early third period power play but Minnesota would get the game winning score with just under seven minutes to play.
The Nittany Lions will return to action next weekend when they host sixth-ranked Wisconsin March 7-8.
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