Nittany Lions fall apart in third to Minnesota

UNIVERSITY PARK — A three-goal third period from the fifth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers was the difference as No. 9 Penn State fell 6-3 in Big Ten Conference play Friday at the Pegula Ice Arena.

The Gophers have captured all three games so far this season against the Lions and improved to 19-8-2 overall and 10-3-0 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 18-7-2 overall and 7-5-1 in conference action.

Minnesota opened the scoring in the first on a Rem Pitlick goal past goalie Peyton Jones.

Penn State answered as Andrew Sturtz banged in a rebound to make it 1-1.

Penn State gained a 2-1 lead in the second period as Denis Smirnov set up Nate Sucese and beat Gopher goalie Eric Schierhorn.

Minnesota responded two minutes later as Tyler Sheehy again found Pitlick, who made it 2-2.

Ryan Norman then gave the Gophers the lead back at for a 3-2 score.

The Lions tied it at 3-3 in the third on a David Goodwin goal.

However, Minnesota scored goals by Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata and Pitlick for a victory.

The series concludes tonight back at Pegula. Game time is 8 p.m.