Gophers complete sweep, beat Penn State in OT

It took a third-period comeback, overtime and a review on the game-winning goal, but for the second time in three weeks the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team swept Penn State.

Freshman Rem Pitlick scored in overtime, capping a big Gophers comeback to give Minnesota a 4-3 win on the road.

Sophomore goalie Eric Shierhorn made a career-high 42 saves despite allowing three goals, but the offense bailed out their besieged goaltender after heading into the third period down 2-0.

Senior Jake Bischoff and sophomore Tyler Sheehy scored in the third period to tie the game, before Penn State’s Denis Smirnov put the Nittany Lions back on top 3-2 with less than two minutes to play.

Senior Justin Kloos tied things up with just four seconds to play, firing a wrist shot past Nittany Lions goaltender Peyton Jones off the faceoff and sending the game to overtime, where Pitlick struck quickly.

The Gophers have now won six of their last seven games heading into a Big Ten showdown with Wisconsin at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Feb. 24.