Sunday, February 5, 2017

Game Story: Gophers sweep Penn State behind Leon Bristedt's hat trick (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

2/4/2017 Game Story

Penn State 2
Minnesota 5

MINNEAPOLIS- Leon Bristedt’s smile gave it away. The University of Minnesota junior forward ended Saturday night feeling good after completing his first collegiate hat trick.

His team shared in the feeling. The Gophers defeated Penn State 5-2 at Mariucci Arena to sweep the Nittany Lions in a series between teams heading in different directions.

“It’s always good when you win. It doesn’t really matter who you win against or what it is, but Penn State is a little special and it feels good that we got the sweep here,” Bristedt said.

The Gophers (17-7-2, 8-2-0-0 Big Ten) handed Penn State (16-6-2, 5-4-1-0) its fourth consecutive loss, becoming the first team this season to beat the Nittany Lions on consecutive nights.

Minnesota remained tied with Wisconsin, which defeated Michigan State in overtime, on top the Big Ten with 24 points each.

“We have to stay humble. We play them in two weeks again, so then we have a new series,” Bristedt said.

Minnesota bounced back from a pair of early deficits to take control during a three-goal second period. Penn State, having posted a season-low 29 shots a night prior in a 5-1 loss, finished with 40 on net Saturday.

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