Saturday, March 4, 2017

Game Story: Two late goals cost Gophers against Michigan (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

3/3/2017 Game Story

Minnesota 3
Michigan 5

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Having made a habit out of finding ways to win in the third period, in a turn of events Minnesota found itself on the losing side Friday.

Michigan erased a pair of deficits at home as the Gophers went from feeling good to quietly leaving Yost Arena after losing 5-3 and giving up three goals in the final 3 minutes, 38 seconds of regulation to the fifth-place team in the Big Ten.

"It just goes to show that the game is never over until it's over," Rem Pitlick said.

"We really need to bring that mentality tomorrow and make sure that if we have a lead, we're really hard to play against."

Senior forward Vinni Lettieri put Minnesota (21-10-2, 12-5 Big Ten) ahead 3-2 with just over six minutes left on his 18th goal of the season.

The Gophers had come back to win after either trailing or being tied in four of the past five games. Friday appeared to be another before Wolverines forwards Jake Slaker, on a power play, and Evan Allen scored goals 1:27 apart.

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