Mankato Beats Gophers in OT
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Minnesota State spoiled the sweep for Gopher Hockey on Saturday night, rallying from a two-goal deficit to pick up a 3-2 overtime victory at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota (4-5-0 overall, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) picked up goals from Justin Kloos and Tyler Sheehy but the Mavericks scored two goals with an extra attacker in the final four minutes of regulation and then capped the split with a deciding goal in the final minute of overtime.
For the second-straight night, Kloos snapped a scoreless first period with a special teams goal late in the opening stanza. After scoring a short-handed tally in Friday’s win, the Minnesota captain added a power-play goal for his third score of the year when he blasted home a shot from the point at 19:49 of the first. Michael Brodzinski and Connor Reilly earned assists on the goal.
Tyler Sheehy added his own late goal to close out the second when the freshman snuck in an attempt at 18:58. Jack Glover set up the goal.
Minnesota State (6-6-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) scored its own late goals in next two periods with Bryce Gervais making it a one-goal game at 16:28 and Brett Knowles evening things up at 19:15 – both goals came with an empty net for the Mavericks. Then Teddy Blueger found the net for the overtime time winner at 4:17 of the overtime period.
On positive note for the Maroon & Gold, the Gophers again held their opponent without a power-play goal on four opportunities. Minnesota has now gone four games without allowing a power-play goal and are 25-for-26 over the last six games.
In net, Eric Schierhorn made 28 saves for the Gophers while Jason Pawlowski made 24 saves for Minnesota State.
The Gophers return to action with a two-game nonconference home series against St. Cloud State, Nov. 27-29, at Mariucci Arena.