FINAL: Minnesota completes the sweep with 6-3 win 😤
Senior forward Jaxon Nelson had two goals and an assist, and No. 2 Minnesota men’s hockey completed the sweep of No. 3 Michigan with an 6-3 win on the road on Friday.
Sophomore forward Matthew Knies had a goal and two assists, and senior defenseman Jackson LaCombe had a goal and an assist for the Golden Gophers (10-4-0, 6-2-0 Big Ten). Sophomore goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz made 27 saves.
Sophomore forward Dylan Duke scored twice for the Wolverines (9-5-0, 2-4-0 Big Ten). Forwards Seamus Casey and Mark Estapa each had two assists, and junior netminder Erik Portillo made 35 saves.
Multiple players were out of the lineup once again for each team due to illness. Freshman forward Logan Cooley was suspended for a dangerous hit in Game 1.
LaCombe opened the scoring with 10:47 left in the first, wiring a wrist shot to the top left corner from the left circle off the rush, and sophomore forward Rhett Pitlick doubled the lead just over three minutes later, finishing an odd-man rush with a one-timer off a feed from Knies. It was Pitlick’s third of the series.
Nelson extended it to 3-0 on the power play less than five minutes into the second period on a tap-in from the slot, thanks to a setup from freshman Jimmy Snuggerud.
Duke cut it to 3-1 with 6:34 left in the second, jamming a loose puck just over the goal line. Video review confirmed the goal, and it held up after a Minnesota challenge. Freshman Rutger McGroarty nearly made it 3-2 in the dying seconds of the period, but time ran out before the puck crossed the line.
Nelson restored the three-goal lead late in the middle frame, making it 4-1 when the puck deflected off him and trickled through Portillo.
Duke picked up his second of the game and fourth of the series with 11:38 left in the third, potting the rebound after sophomore blue-liner Luke Hughes’ bomb from the point rocketed off the boards.
Knies made it 5-2 when Nelson’s one-timer from distance deflected in off him on the power play, but sophomore forward Mackie Samoskevich answered right back for Michigan, cutting it to 5-3 just 24 seconds later.
Senior defenseman Ryan Johnson scored on an empty net from his own zone for the 6-3 final with under three minutes remaining.
Minnesota will travel to Arizona State next weekend, while Michigan will host undefeated No. 10 Harvard in an exciting non-conference matchup.
GOAL! 🚨 Gophers seal it | 3rd – 2:42
GOAL! 🚨 Michigan stays in it | 3rd – 8:53
GOAL! 🚨 Minnesota strikes back | 3rd – 9:18
Minnesota makes it 5-2 as Nelson's one-time bomb deflects in off Matthew Knies, who was parked in front of the crease on the power play.
Power-play goal for Knies, 5-2 Minnesota— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) November 19, 2022
GOAL! 🚨 Duke stays hot | 3rd – 11:38
Michigan cuts the Gophers' lead to 4-2, thanks to Dylan Duke's second of the game and fourth of the series.
Luke Hughes' bomb from the point rocketed off the end boards, and Duke backhanded the rebound into the yawning cage.
DUKER! That's 1-2-3-4 on the weekend! pic.twitter.com/bQCjsSFKt0— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) November 19, 2022
The third period is on ⏳
END 2nd: Minnesota leads by 3️⃣
Through 40 minutes, the Gophers lead 4-1.
Jaxon Nelson scored twice for Minnesota, while Dylan Duke stayed hot for Michigan, picking up his third of the weekend.
Rutger McGroarty nearly cut it to 4-2 as time expired, but the puck did not cross the line before the clock hit zeroes.
Off Nelly and into the net!— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 19, 2022
That puck had a force field around it 😂 pic.twitter.com/NFEu0kzj7y
GOAL! 🚨 Gophers get it right back | 2nd –
Minnesota restores their three-goal lead, making it 4-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the second period with the extra attacker on the ice during a delayed penalty.
Portillo made the initial save before the puck trickled through him and across the line. Nelson gets credit for the goal, his second of the game.
🚨 #GOPHERS GOAL 🚨— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 19, 2022
After controlling the puck for about a minute in a delayed penalty the puck finally crosses the line! It's Nelly's second of the game AND we'll get a power play!
GOAL! 🚨 Michigan is on the board | 2nd – 6:34
The Wolverines answer to cut it 3-1 with Dylan Duke's third goal of the weekend. It's Michigan's first goal in 63 minutes of game action.
The puck made its way to Duke at the goalmouth, and he jammed it across the line. The goal stood after review and a Minnesota challenge.
Duke with his third goal of the weekend - Estapa and Casey with the apples and Michigan is on the board pic.twitter.com/l2TiEbtAI8— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) November 19, 2022
GOAL! 🚨 Minnesota adds insurance | 2nd – 15:23
The Gophers extend their lead to 3-0 on the power play early in the second period.
Jaxon Nelson had a tap-in in from the slot off a nice feed from Snuggerud after Bryce Brodzinski kept the play going behind the net.
END 1st: Gophers lead by 2️⃣
Through 20 minutes at Yost, No. 2 Minnesota leads No. 3 Michigan, 2-0.
Rhett Pitlick and Jackson LaCombe scored for the Gophers. The Wolverines started strong, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. They're outshooting Minnesota, 15-7.
On top by two after 20! pic.twitter.com/xnCcw7LTnp— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 18, 2022
GOAL! 🚨 Minnesota doubles their lead | 1st – 7:17
The Gophers make it 2-0 as Rhett Pitlick stays hot, picking up his third goal of the series.
On an odd-man rush with Jimmy Snuggerud and Matthew Knies, Snuggerud popped the puck to Knies, who fed Pitlick across the crease for a one-timer.
GOAL! 🚨 Gophers open the scoring | 1st – 10:47
Seconds before the halfway mark of the first period, Minnesota takes a 1-0 lead on just its second shot of the game.
Defenseman Jackson LaCombe skated the puck in off the rush before roofing a wrist shot, short side from the left face-off dot.