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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

With a flair for the dramatic, the Minnesota Gophers scored late in the third period for their ninth consecutive win, and advanced to the Big Ten title game after a stiff challenge from Penn State.
The Gophers, off since a series sweep against Wisconsin on Feb. 26, have won eight straight and are 18-6-0 (23-11-0 overall).
The Minnesota Gophers got a pre-game boost with the return of their three Olympians, then gave themselves a boost in the final 40 minutes, climbing out of a deep hole to sweep at Penn State for the first time since 2017.
The Gophers are back in action next weekend at home against Wisconsin.

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Missing two players to injury, one to a suspension and three to the Olympics, the Minnesota Gophers still managed to get their coach his first win at Penn State on Friday, keeping pace in the race for the Big Ten title.
The Gophers and Nittany Lions split a series earlier this season in Minneapolis.
During his time in the USHL, Bob Motzko's teams had trouble with one particular opponent. It has been the same during his time in the Big Ten, where Penn State has been a challenging place for his Gophers to play
Minnesota Gophers coach Bob Motzko liked his team's offense and power play on Friday, but did not get enough detail in the defense to get a win. For the third consecutive Friday night, the Gophers saw a lead slip away, this time to a Penn State team that has been a thorn in their side often in recent years.
While some teams play a lock-down defensive style and try to clog up the ice, Penn State's teams under Guy Gadowsky have always taken a different approach, preferring to run and gun. That's still the case, even as the Nittany Lions look for their first Big Ten win of the season. Also, national champions from the 1970s will be honored, and weekend broadcast details.
Phillips was playing for Minnesota when the Gophers and Fighting Hawks met in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Las Vegas. He now plays for Penn State, which will meet UND in Nashville on Saturday.

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The Minnesota Gophers will have to wait until next season to try and get back on the winning track at Penn State. On Thursday that school announced cancellation of their Feb. 27-28 hockey series versus Minnesota due to on-going issues with positive COVID-19 tests among the Nittany Lions.
Senior goalie Jack LaFontaine has played every minute so far and is undefeated for the Minnesota Gophers, but history tells us that coach Bob Motzko may get sophomore Jared Moe into the net for at least one of the upcoming games at Michigan State and at Michigan. Also: McManus injured, Reedy scoring (and waiting) and everyone is adjusting to playing without fans.
Special teams looked like a specialty for the Minnesota Gophers in their opening weekend sweep of recent nemesis Penn State. The Gophers scored twice on the power play and held the Nittany Lions without a power play goal in jumping out to an early lead in the Big Ten race.

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