Shots, shots and more shots for Penn State Friday night.
No. 8 Minnesota (19-14-2, 10-11-2 Big Ten) got out to a slow start at No. 18 Penn State and ended up losing 5-1 in the first game against the Nittany Lions (15-13-5, 8-10-5 Big Ten) on Friday.
It was a wide open two-on-one play where Penn State's Trevor Hamilton scored his fifth goal of the season to break the 1-1 tie, it ended up being the game winner.
Coming into the game, the Gophers allowed an average of 28 shots per game in the conference. Friday, the Nittany Lions pounded on the offense to Minnesota and generated 61 shots.
The Gophers came out to a misstep and didn't get their first shot of the game until over 11 minutes in. The Nittany Lions got out to a 1-0 lead that Minnesota was able to tie, but after the first period, the visiting Gophers didn't improve their game.
Minnesota didn't have much going offensively besides an early goal from forward Casey Mittelstadt in the first period, but it was all Nittany Lions from then on.
The Gophers still need one point to clinch home-ice in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, which they will have a chance to do Saturday.
Minnesota returns to action Saturday for the last game of the regular season against Penn State at 6 p.m.