Gophers climb above .500 with 3-1 victory over Michigan State
The Gophers men's hockey team scored three third-period goals to come from behind and defeat Michigan State 3-1 on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.
Justin Kloos and Tyler Sheehy factored into all three goals for Minnesota (11-10-0 overall, 6-2-0-0 Big Ten), and Connor Reilly scored the game-winning goal and had an assist. The Gophers climbed above .500 for the first time this season with the victory.
Michigan State's Matt DeBlouw scored 2:53 into the second period for the only goal of the night for the Spartans (5-17-0, 1-7-0-0).
Kloos scored 31 seconds into the third period, and Reilly scored the game winner at 11:34, assisted by Kloos and Sheehy. Leon Bristedt scored an empty-net goal with less than a second to play to seal the victory and the series sweep.
Eric Schierhorn made 17 saves in goal for the Gophers in his 21st-straight start. Minnesota extended its streak to 16-straight penalty kills without allowing a goal and outshout the Spartans 32-18.
Minnesota remains in a tie for first in the Big Ten with Michigan as each team has 18 points on the season. The team travels to Wisconsin next weekend.