If there were any doubts that the University of Minnesota Gophers could keep their momentum going on the road, last night’s 3-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans should put it to rest. Minnesota outshot Michigan State 34-25, with goals from Ben Meyers, Sampo Ranta and Scott Reedy.
I mentioned yesterday that these are two powerhouse teams at the faceoff circle — Michigan State won 31 faceoffs to Minnesota’s 27, but struggled to maintain possession in the offensive zone. They also took seven penalties and Minnesota struck twice on the man-advantage.
Goaltending and special teams were huge in last night’s game, but Minnesota isn’t worried, keeping the same lineup. Michigan State made a few changes through their bottom-nine.
Nathan Burke — Samuel Walker — Blake McLaughlin
Jonny Sorensen — Ben Meyers — Bryce Brodzinski
Sampo Ranta — Scott Reedy — Mason Nevers
Cullen Munson — Jaxon Nelson — Jack Perbix
Matt Staudacher — Jackson LaCombe
Ryan Johnson — Brock Faber
Mike Koster — Robbie Stucker
Charlie Combs — Josh Nodler — A.J. Hodges
Mitchell Lewandowski — Kristof Papp — Nicolas Müller
Jagger Joshua — Tommy Apap — Brody Stevens
Adam Goodsir — Mitchell Mattson — Kyle Haskins
Cole Krygier — Dennis Cesana
Christian Krygier — Aiden Gallacher
Nash Nienhuis — Tommy Miller
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Detroit and streamed on the FOX Sports App.