Feb. 28, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Hudson Fasching tallied the game-winning goal plus an assist and both Mike Reilly and Travis Boyd added two assists as the No. 2 Minnesota men's hockey team topped Penn State by a 5-1 margin on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
After Kenny Brooks scored 3:12 into the game, Minnesota (22-4-5 overall, 11-2-2-0 Big Ten) rallied off five-straight goals in front of the 9,929 fans in attendance as the Gophers kicked off the final home series of the season.
Sam Warning evened the game at 1-1 at 7:55 of the first with his 12th goal of the year and team-leading 31st point after being set up by a Mike Reilly takeaway. Fasching gave the Gophers their first lead of the night at 11:05 of the first after pounding home a loose rebound with assists from Ben Marshall and Boyd. Fasching has now scored a goal in three-straight games for Minnesota and has 12 tallies on the season. Rau closed out the first with his eighth goal of the season at 16:10 with some help from Fasching.
Cammarata scored Minnesota's lone power-play goal just 30 seconds into the second period with Boyd and Reilly picking up their second assists of the night while Nate Condon scored Minnesota's first shorthanded goal of the season at 12:30 of the second period to close out the night's scoring. With 97 career points, Condon needs just three more to reach the 100-point plateau.
The Gophers finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill against Penn State (6-21-2, 2-12-1-0 Big Ten). Minnesota outshot the Nittany Lions 36-31 after being outshot in the last two games by Michigan.
Wilcox improved to 21-4-5 on the season with Friday's win while Matthew Skoff made 31 saves for PSU to move to 6-11-2 on the season.
The Gophers, who are 15-1-3 at home this season, close out the home schedule tomorrow night against Penn State at 6 p.m. Minnesota will honor its five seniors before the game.
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