The Minnesota Golden Gophers used a pair of power play goals to cruise to a 3-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday night. The Gophers are now 5-0 on the season and will go for their third consecutive sweep to open the season Friday night.
Minnesota got things going early just over seven minutes into the game when Ben Meyers took a nice feed from Ryan Johnson to score a power play goal and put Minnesota up 1-0.
Ninety-six seconds later it was Sampo Ranta making it 2-0 Gophers when he took a feed in front of the goal from Robbie Stucker and backhanded it past Spartan goalie Drew Deridder.
The Gophers took the two goal lead into the second period before stretching it to three with another power play goal. This time it was Scott Reedy scoring his team leading fourth goal on the season on a rebound of his own shot.
The Gophers would get close to getting Jack LaFontaine his second career shutout...in back to back games but Cole Krygier snapped a 1:43:22 shutout streak when he slid a puck past LaFontaine with just 3:42 left in the game. That would be how the game would end.
Minnesota moves to 5-0 and first place in the Big Ten with the win. They did it without the services of Brannon McManus who missed the game and is expected to miss tomorrow night’s game as well with a leg injury he suffered in the final game against Ohio State last week. Minnesota also did not have defenseman Ben Brinkman due to an injury, but his status is day to day and he may return for Friday’s game.
The Gophers and Spartans will face-off the rematch at 7 PM on Friday night live on Fox Sports North.