Sunday, March 12, 2017

Game Story: Minnesota ties in finale, loses Lindgren to injury (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

3/11/2017 Game Story

Michigan State 1
Minnesota 1

*Michigan State won the shootout 2-1 to take the extra point for Big Ten conference purposes

Minnesota was able to salvage a point Saturday on Senior Night thanks to a senior. Unfortunately for the Gophers, their game against Michigan State likely was played at the expense of a freshman defenseman.

Senior Jake Bischoff finished a tic-tac-toe play among himself, Rem Pitlick and Justin Kloos as Minnesota and the Spartans ended Saturday’s regular-season finale tied at 1.

Michigan State won a shootout to earn an extra point for Big Ten conference purposes. Officially, the game ends as a tie.

Bischoff’s goal came after his defensive partner, freshman Ryan Lindgren, had to be helped off the ice without putting any weight on his leg late in the second period.

“It’s not looking good to be honest. We’ll know more this week,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said after the game about Lindgren, who has a goal and six assists in 31 games.

Lindgren collided with Taro Hirose and went feet first in the boards with 1:29 remaining. He tried to get up off the ice and went back down, pounding the ice and visibly in pain. Minnesota spent the rest of the game playing with five defensemen.

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