MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team took control in the second period and wound up with a 3-1 victory over Clarkson in a nonconference game Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
Clarkson (4-2-1 overall) will face the Golden Gophers again at 8 tonight in the final game of the series.
“We just have to get back to what we did in the first period,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said of tonight’s game. “It got away we thought (in the second period).”
The Golden Knights held a slight 10-9 edge in shots after the opening period, but Minnesota took advantage of three Clarkson penalties to build some momentum in the second period, outshooting the Golden Knights 13-7 and taking a 1-0 lead at 14 minutes, 32 seconds on a goal from Scott Reedy, with Casey Mittelstadt and Jack Glover picking up assists.
The Golden Gophers (4-3) extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:04 of the third period off a goal from Rem Pitlick, with Mittelstadt and Tyler Sheehy assisting.
Clarkson defenseman Kelly Summer was called for tripping at 8:33 of the third period and the Golden Gophers capitalized with a power-play goal from Brent Gates at 10:21 to extend the lead to 3-0.
Steve Johnson and Tommy Novak assisted on the third goal for the Golden Gophers.
Clarkson got its only goal late in the game when senior captain Nic Pierog scored with 1:18 remaining. Brett Gervais and Grant Cooper assisted on the goal.
Minnesota went 1 for 5 on power plays in the game while Clarkson received just one power-play opportunity.
“I thought it was an interesting game from an officiating standpoint, but that’s the way it goes,” Jones said.
The Golden Gophers outshot Clarkson 28-27 and improved to 5-0 lifetime against Clarkson.