PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Hockey Falls to Minnesota 2-1 on THON’s Opening Night

Penn State’s second-biggest attraction tonight was across the street from THON, where Penn State took on No. 17 Minnesota in the teams’ first game of the weekend series. The arena was filled with electricity start-to-finish, but Minnesota came away with the 2-1 win. Goals were scored by Penn State’s David Goodwin and Minnesota’s Christian Isackson and Justin Kloos. Goalie P.J. Musico was credited with the loss while Adam Wilcox earned the win.

How It Happened

The Lions came out flying and dominated physical play for the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately, as would be a common occurrence throughout the night, Penn State found itself on the penalty kill, and the momentum that it was trying to generate was stifled.

Despite displaying less discipline than Coach Guy Gadowsky would have preferred, Penn State escaped the period with a one-goal lead. Erik Autio started a rush up the ice, then quick passing between David Goodwin and Taylor Holstrom ended when Goodwin fired a laser past Wilcox.

The lead wasn’t to last, however. Less than three minutes into the next period, a long shot from the point hit Isackson’s stick down low and deflected past Musico. One minute after the Golden Gophers tied the game, a Zach Saar penalty gave them the man-advantage yet again. They had no trouble converting, when Kloos cut to the slot and beat Musico just inside the post.

An uneventful end to the frame saw Minnesota comfortably maintain its lead into the third.

The third period, as had become customary, was a flurry as the Nittany Lions tried to even the score. Adam Wilcox stood on his head in the frame, turning away all fifteen shots he faced. With two minutes left, Gadowsky pulled Musico as his team tried to take advantage of some 6-on-5 play. The effort didn’t result positively for the Lions, and the Gophers held on to take the 2-1 win.

Player of the Game

Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox. His 1.00 goals-against-average and .971 save percentage are what coaches dream of.

Quote of the Game

“I felt that we weren’t committed enough to stay out of the box. It doesn’t take Scotty Bowman to figure out that they’re good on the powerplay,” Gadowsky said after the game.

Tweet of the Game


Apt analysis from Bucci Mane himself. “Wilcox single-handedly won it for [Minnesota] in the third period,” he told me after the game.

What’s Next?

Saturday, Feb. 21, the two teams will rematch at 5 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPNU and WatchESPN with Blake Geoffrion and John Buccigross on the call.

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

Comments

More by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity

Athletics

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson has filed a lawsuit against the university following the termination of his contract in February 2017. Thompson, alongside his wife and associate head coach Rachelle Thompson, was accused by former gymnasts and an assistant coach of creating a hostile team environment. The Thompsons allegedly pressured athletes to compete […]

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Penn State Women’s Soccer Adds Swiss Forward Kim Dubs

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love you to join us.

Mayor Don Hahn Asks Borough Council To Consider Changes To Proposed Overnight Parking Restrictions

State College Mayor Don Hahn posted on his blog Sunday republishing a letter he sent to Borough Council on August 1 outlining three revisions he’d like them to consider for the proposed overnight parking restrictions.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend