UNIVERSITY PARK – Sophomore forward Curtis Loik (North Vancouver, B.C.) secured his first career multi-point game and Minnesota failed to out shoot a team for just the fourth time this season, but the Penn State men’s hockey team fell to the top-ranked Gophers, 5-2, at Pegula Ice Arena Monday night.
Minnesota scored once in both the first and second periods before the teams combined for five goals in the third frame to account for the 5-2 final. Loik, who helped put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard when he assisted on Kenny Brooks’ (Las Vegas, Nev.) third-period goal, garnered his two-point effort with a laser above Gopher netminder Adam Wilcox’s blocker with less than four minutes left in the game.
Sophomore David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) picked up his third point in the last four games with an assist, while defenseman Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ont.) collected a helper on Loilk’s marker. Freshman netminder Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) turned aside 20 shots.
Penn State (4-12-1, 0-4-0-0 Big Ten), which went 0-for-3 on the power play, out shot Minnesota (15-2-3, 5-0-1-0 Big Ten) by a 38-25 margin. Wilcox turned aside 36 shots for the Gophers, who went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
The Nittany Lions, who played their ninth ranked opponent in the past 10 games, will return to action Friday, Jan. 17 when they begin a two-game series at Michigan State.
--Penn State Athletic Communications