No. 6 Men’s Hockey Finds No. 7 Minnesota to be Tough Opponent

No. 6 Men’s Hockey Finds No. 7 Minnesota to be Tough Opponent

No. 6 Penn State M. Hockey (16-6-2) faced their toughest opponent yet, No. 7 Minnesota, as the team traveled to the depths of the tundra and Golden Gopher territory this past weekend.

Friday night’s game started out promising, but quickly became a challenge for the Blue and White, who dropped the game 5-1 at the end of three periods.

Minnesota wasted no time in welcoming Penn State to the rink as they notched a goal just before the end of the first period, then followed it up with two goals in less than five minutes during the second period.

Penn State’s Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) was the star of the day as he scored the lone goal for the Nittany Lions just before the nine-minute mark in the second period.

This 3-1 score gave Penn State hope, but the Golden Gophers turned up the heat, scoring a fourth goal just before the end of the second period and sealing the deal with a final goal a few minutes before the final buzzer.

The teams were evenly matched with shots; Penn State had 29, Minnesota had 30.

Chris Funkey (Orland Park, Ill.) played netminded for the entire game.

Saturday’s game was a similar story.

An early goal by Penn Stater Alec Marsh in the first period gave fans hope to start the game.

The Gophers began their own scoring at the 15-minute mark of the first to tie things up.

Captain David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) of the Blue and White scored just seconds in the second period to keep Penn State afloat.

From there, however, the scoring was all Minnesota. The red and gold secured four more points before the end of the game to send Penn State home with a 5-2 loss.

Goalie Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) was in goal for the full game, making 23 saves. Penn State had a total of 40 shots.

The Nittany Lions must quickly forget this loss as they head to Wisconsin next week to skate with the Badgers in enemy territory on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.