Gophers edge PSU on the ice, 5-1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sophomore Kenny Brooks’ power-play goal gave the Nittany Lions the early lead, but the Penn State men’s hockey team fell to No. 2/2 Minnesota, 5-1, Friday at Mariucci Arena. The Nittany Lions fell to 6-21-2 overall and 2-12-1-0 in the Big Ten, while the Gophers improved to 22-4-5 and 11-2-2-0, respectively.

A Las Vegas, Nev. native, Brooks put the Nittany Lions up by a 1-0 score 3:12 into the game. The Gophers then responded with three goals in the first period and two more in the second frame en route to the 5-1 score.

Minnesota, which went 1-for-3 on the power play, outshot the Nittany Lions by a 36-31 margin. Penn State finished 1-for-5 on the man advantage. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff turned aside 31 shots.

Penn State and Minnesota will conclude their series at 7 p.m. today.