The Golden Gophers (9-5-3 overall, 5-4-2 B1G) held the lead three different times during the game and managed to secure the win against the Buckeyes (5-8-3 overall, 0-8-1 B1G). Brody Lamb contributed with a goal and an assist, scoring the game-winning goal on a power play in the third period. Minnesota went 2-for-4 on the power play, extending their winning streak against OSU to four games.
After a slow start, the game quickly turned into an offensive showdown as both teams combined for five goals in the first period. Snuggerud forced a turnover in the offensive zone and scored an unassisted highlight-reel goal to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead at 4:06. However, the Buckeyes answered just 12 seconds later with a power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead. Shortly after, Ohio State was penalized for a hit from behind, giving Minnesota a five-minute power play. Snuggerud took advantage of the opportunity and scored his second goal of the night to tie the game at 2-2. Rhett Pitlick then scored the go-ahead goal with 3:02 remaining in the first period.
In the second period, the Buckeyes managed to tie the game once again with a goal at 12:36. However, Minnesota quickly regained the lead as Connor Kurth scored off a rebound to make it 4-3. The Golden Gophers held onto their one-goal lead going into the second intermission.
In the final period, Minnesota extended their lead to 5-3 with a power-play goal from Lamb. The Buckeyes fought back and cut the deficit to one with 4:46 remaining in regulation. They pulled their goalie for the final two minutes of the game, but the Golden Gophers managed to hold on for the 5-4 victory with solid defense and goaltending from Justen Close.
Snuggerud’s two goals brought his season total to 11, making him the team leader in goals. He now has 32 goals in his Minnesota career, including 12 power-play goals. This was his seventh three-point performance and second of the season. Pitlick extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games, which is the longest streak of any NCAA player this season. Brodzinski extended his point streak to seven games with an assist. Rinzel and Moore both reached double-digit assists with their 10th assists of the season. Luke Mittelstadt also extended his point streak to five games with an assist on Pitlick’s goal. Kurth has scored four goals in his last five games. Lamb recorded his fifth multi-point performance of the season, including his third game-winning goal. Close made 34 saves in the game. The Golden Gophers scored a power-play goal for the fifth consecutive game and have scored 10 power-play goals in their last 10 games.
Next Up: Away at Ohio State (Dec. 9)
Minnesota will conclude the first half of the regular season on Saturday night against Ohio State. The game will be broadcasted live on Big Ten Network and can be heard on the Gopher Radio Network 103.5 FM/AM-1130 KTLK.