Penn State’s junior defenseman Erik Autio sent a shot past Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn in double overtime to send the Nittany Lions to the conference title game with a 4-3 win.
Penn State had an early 1-0 lead, but the Gophers’ Rem Pilick evened the score 1-1 shortly afterward with a goal right in front of the net.
Justin Kloos gave the Gophers their only lead of the night 10 minutes into the game with his one-timer from Tyler Sheehy. The captain’s goal was his 150th career point as a Golden Gopher.
Chase Berger tied it for Penn State in the second period, and Dylan Richard gave the Nittany Lions a 3-2 lead early in the third period.
But the Gophers’ Jack Sadek tied the game 3-3 with his slapshot off a faceoff, and the game was stuck at that score until double overtime.
The Nittany Lions have a date with the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten championship game after the Badgers defeated Ohio State 2-1 in the other conference semifinal. Minnesota will wait for the selection show on Sunday to learn its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. A No. 1 seed is unlikely after the loss but still possible for the Gophers.