The No. 15/17 Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s ice hockey team rallied for the a 2-1 win in a fast-paced Big Ten battle against the Penn State Nittany Lions in Friday’s series opener in a sold-out game at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Penn. Minnesota (17-9-3 overall, 8-2-3-0 Big Ten) claims sole possession of first place in the Big Ten for the first time this season.
Penn State (15-10-4, 7-5-1-0) nabbed the first goal with a well-placed shot by David Goodwin off reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year Adam Wilcox, whose last effort was a shutout of the nation’s top-ranked offense last weekend. It was the last puck to go past the All-American, who stopped 35 shots — his most since November — to improve to 17-8-3 on the season.
After a gritty first period, the Gophers came out of the first intermission looking to increase the intensity — and quickly reaped the rewards with an early goal by senior forward Christian Isackson with an assist by sophomore defenseman Jake Bischoff that was followed by a go-ahead power-play goal on a wrister by sophomore forward Justin Kloos with assists from junior defenseman Brady Skjei, sophomore defenseman Michael Brodzinsky and senior forward Seth Ambroz. Minnesota’s power play went 1 for 4 and its penalty kill was 2 for 2 on the night.