Gophers hockey continues hot streak in win over Spartans
GOAL: Justin Kloos lights the lamp for the Gophers 21 seconds into the game! https://t.co/7p9OyTWIrN— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) January 16, 2016
The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team shot their way to a 5-2 win in Friday's series opener against the Michigan State Spartans at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
The Gophers came in hot off their largest offensive output of the season, a 7-1 win at Penn State last Saturday, and continued to light the lamp.
Justin Kloos got the offense started just 21 seconds into his 100th career game with assists from Connor Reilly and Tyler Sheehy. It was Kloos' sixth goal of the year and the third time this season a Gophers player has scored in the opening minute -- though Kloos' goal was the fastest yet.
Hudson Fasching added to the Gophers' lead in the second period with a wraparound goal with assists from Tommy Novak and Leon Bristedt. Then, Jake Bischoff gave the Maroon and Gold further padding with a sniper shot from the right circle with assists from Novak and Bristedt. Bischoff's fourth goal of the season gave him a new career high.
Fasching scored his second goal of the night in the third before the Spartans responded with a goal from Connor Wood. Ryan Norman then added to the Gophers lead with assists from Jack Ramsey and Darian Romanko. The Spartans' Villiam Haag scored the last goal of the game.
Spartans netminder Jake Hildebrand had 25 saves to Eric Schierhorn's 17.
The teams clash again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.