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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

With a flair for the dramatic, the Minnesota Gophers scored late in the third period for their ninth consecutive win, and advanced to the Big Ten title game after a stiff challenge from Penn State.
The Minnesota Gophers got a pre-game boost with the return of their three Olympians, then gave themselves a boost in the final 40 minutes, climbing out of a deep hole to sweep at Penn State for the first time since 2017.
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Down by three, Gophers roar back to sweep Nittany Lions for sixth straight win
The Minnesota Gophers got a pre-game boost with the return of their three Olympians, then gave themselves a boost in the final 40 minutes, climbing out of a deep hole to sweep at Penn State for the first time since 2017.
Missing two players to injury, one to a suspension and three to the Olympics, the Minnesota Gophers still managed to get their coach his first win at Penn State on Friday, keeping pace in the race for the Big Ten title.

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During his time in the USHL, Bob Motzko's teams had trouble with one particular opponent. It has been the same during his time in the Big Ten, where Penn State has been a challenging place for his Gophers to play
Minnesota Gophers coach Bob Motzko liked his team's offense and power play on Friday, but did not get enough detail in the defense to get a win. For the third consecutive Friday night, the Gophers saw a lead slip away, this time to a Penn State team that has been a thorn in their side often in recent years.
Phillips was playing for Minnesota when the Gophers and Fighting Hawks met in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Las Vegas. He now plays for Penn State, which will meet UND in Nashville on Saturday.
The Minnesota Gophers will have to wait until next season to try and get back on the winning track at Penn State. On Thursday that school announced cancellation of their Feb. 27-28 hockey series versus Minnesota due to on-going issues with positive COVID-19 tests among the Nittany Lions.
Special teams looked like a specialty for the Minnesota Gophers in their opening weekend sweep of recent nemesis Penn State. The Gophers scored twice on the power play and held the Nittany Lions without a power play goal in jumping out to an early lead in the Big Ten race.
After an eight-month layoff, the Minnesota Gophers looked as deep and as experienced as predicted in their season opener, and scored a decisive win over the defending Big Ten champs.

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