Gophers claim sixth straight victory over Spartans
Men’s hockey | 1/7/2022 21:24:00
EAST LANSING, Michigan – Ben meyer and Chaz lucius scored three points apiece as the No. 9/11 men’s hockey team Gopher claimed their sixth straight victory over Michigan State on Friday night, beating the Spartans 4-1 in the series opener at Munn Ice Arena.
Meyers scored twice for the Gophers, including the game winner, while adding an assist. Lucius assisted on both of his teammate’s goals and scored Minnesota’s last goal of the night. Sammy walker also scored for the Maroon & Gold while Matthew Knies added two assists.
Minnesota (12-8-0 overall, 7-4-0-0-1-0 Big Ten) took the lead in the first period when Walker scored at 8:32 of the first period after coming out of the box of repair. Blake mclaughlin and Brock Faber had an assist on the first goal. Meyers and Lucius first connected to extend the lead to 2:48 pm before Nash Nienhuis scored for Michigan State (11-9-1, 5-6-0-0-0-0) at 4 pm: 07.
Meyers added their second of the night at 4:44 p.m. of the second with assists from Knies and Lucius before the trio snagged again at 4:20 p.m. of third on Lucius’ score.
Jack LaFontaine won the Gophers victory to improve to 11-8-0 that year. The goalkeeper made 24 saves on 25 shots. Drew DeRidder suffered the Spartans loss with 32 saves.
Minnesota held a 36-25 advantage on shots as both teams failed to score on four power-play opportunities.
Lucius recorded a career-high with three points in the win while Meyers tied his career-high with three points… Walker is now one point away from becoming the 85th member of the Minnesota 100-Point Club.
“It was a really good game for us. I loved the way we came out – he moved all the lines, he put all of our energy into it,” said the Minnesota head coach. Bob motzko noted. “It was a complete game for our entire roster tonight.”
Next stop: MSU Series Final
Minnesota concludes this weekend’s series against the Spartans on Saturday, Jan.8 at 6:30 p.m. CT (TV: Big Ten Network; Streaming: FOX Sports App; Radio: 1130 KTLK / 103.5 FM).