‘U’ sweeps Spartans with 6-3 thriller


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Twelve Minnesota skaters scored points and the “U” had 60 shots on goal, a season-high, as the No. 9/11 men’s hockey team Gopher swept the weekend. end with a 6-3 victory on Saturday over Michigan State.

Ben meyer led the way with two goals while Matthew Knies and Bryce brodzinski each added a pair of assists. Jack Perbix had a goal and an assist for the Maroon & Gold.

Despite being two goals behind at the start, Minnesota (12-8-0 overall, 8-4-0-0-1-0 Big Ten) dominated the pace of play for most of the series finale. – edging Michigan State 60-24 on the night and 45-14 in the final 40 minutes.

Chaz lucius brought the Gophers to one goal at the end of the first period and Meyers and Aaron Huglen scored in the second to send the game into the third period in a tie 3-3. The Gophers completed the rally and scored five straight goals to end the game with goals in the third period of Blake mclaughlin, Perbix and Meyers.


Jack LaFontaine took the win with 21 saves to move to 12-8-0 that year.

Remarkable
Winning their fourth game in seven days (including a pair of exhibition games), Minnesota retains the Mariucci-Bessone Trophy by securing at least one regular-season series tie with Michigan State … Meyers recorded nine points (seven goals , two assists) during the week, including exhibition games – the junior captain finished this weekend’s series with five points (four goals, one assist)… Meyers and Huglen scored 38 seconds left gap at the end of the second period while McLaughlin scored 22 seconds after the start of the third period.

Coach’s Comments
“We’ve played really well the last two periods and had a lot of chances,” said the Minnesota head coach. Bob motzko noted. “We’ve had contributions from all of our programming… (we) couldn’t be happier.”

Next stop: Alaska comes to town
Originally scheduled for the season opener, Minnesota will host Alaska next weekend to close the non-conference schedule. The series kicks off on Friday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. CT (TV: Bally Sports North PLUS; Stream: B1G + / FOX Sports Go; Radio: 1130 KTLK / 103.5 FM) with the final scheduled for Saturday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. CT (TV: Bally Sports North; stream: B1G + / FOX Sports Go; radio: 1130 KTLK / 103.5 FM).


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