Minnesota made the game one to forget almost from the drop of the puck. No. 18 Penn State (15-13-5, 8-10-5 Big Ten), with one victory in the previous nine games, had an offensive explosion against No. 8 Minnesota (19-14-2, 10-11-2 Big Ten) in a 5-1 Gophers' loss Friday. "I was shocked," head coach Don Lucia told the Gopher Radio Network. "It just wasn't our night tonight, I don't have an explanation other than we looked tired, we looked flat, we looked mentally out of it, [and] physically out of it."
Shots, shots and more shots for Penn State Friday night.
The No. 8 Gophers face the final regular season matchup against No. 18 Penn State this weekend and the goaltending matchup will be different this time around.
No. 22 Minnesota looks to redeem itself after a weekend of four consecutive losses in five games at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando. A player who saw time in many different areas around the field last weekend was sophomore Carlie Brandt.
No. 14 Minnesota (5-4) lost all four games of the weekend after starting the season 5-0 last week.
Minnesota (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten) upset another top-25 team, this time a rout of No. 10 Maryland (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) 93-74 at Williams Arena Sunday.
The Gophers got to within one point of clinching their position in the Big Ten.
The Gophers closed out another close game against a conference foe.
The defensive ability of the Gophers has been a point of emphasis this season. The defensive-minded forwards, Darian Romanko and Jack Ramsey, have four regular season games left this season to make an impact.
Amber Fiser could find herself as one of the Gophers top pitchers this season. Before No. 14 Minnesota takes on its toughest opponents yet — Notre Dame and No. 8 Florida State at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this weekend — Fiser made the case to pitch for Minnesota more often.