December 09, 2018 12:12 AM
The Gopher Hockey team scored twice in the third period to edge No. 15 Michigan 4-3 in Big Ten play and the team’s final outing for the fall semester on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena.
Tyler Sheehy scored the game-tying goal just 55 seconds into the third period, and line-mate Brent Gates Jr. scored with 1:41 remaining in regulation as Minnesota (5-6-4, 3-2-2-0 B1G) edged out the Wolverines.
The Maroon & Gold staked an early lead with a pair of goals in the first five minutes. After goaltender Mat Robson lost his stick making an impressive save, his Gophers went end-to-end, finishing with Brannon McManus scoring his sixth of the season, assisted by Tommy Novak and Ben Brinkman. On the line’s next shift, Sampo Ranta took advantage of a rebound off the stick of McManus to score his fourth of the season. Tyler Nanne also earned an assist on the play.
No. 15 Michigan (6-7-4, 2-4-4-2 B1G) used its timeout following the play, and the timing worked in their favor as the Wolverines cut into the deficit with back-to-back scores by brothers Nick and Michael Pastujov at 7:43 and 9:26 of the first, respectively, to reset the game at 2-2.
The second period saw the scoring settle down, but Michigan took advantage of its chances to claim its first lead of the game at 3-2 when Josh Norris netted his tenth of the season at 6:59 of the period. A pair of late penalty calls in the period put the Gophers on the defensive, but they would come away with a short-handed opportunity late with a shot from Sammy Walker sailing just wide of Wolverines net minder Strauss Mann.
Minnesota did not take long to answer coming out of the locker room for the third period, as Sheehy knocked home a rebound less than a minute into the action. Nanne collected his second assist of the game and Jack Sadek his second of the weekend on the score. Gates tipped home a shot by Sadek, with Rem Pitlick also tallying an assist on the game-winner.
Robson finished with a season-high 50 saves in a win for the Maroon & Gold, while Mann made 24 stops for Michigan in defeat.
Minnesota finished 0-for-1 on the power play while holding the Wolverines to 0-for-6 with the man advantage.