Lions Remain Winless in Big Ten

Despite outshooting No.1 Minnesota, the Lions dropped a 5-2 affair to the visiting Golden Gophers at Pegula Ice Arena.

Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky felt his team played better Monday than it did the night before in a loss to No. 1 Minnesota. Yet the Lions remain in search of their first Big Ten win of the season.

Winger Sam Warning scored twice and collected three points to help No. 1 Minnesota to its first road sweep since October with a 5-2 win in front of 6,154. It marked the first road sweep in the Big Ten this season

"Ever since [winter] break, I've been trying to get pucks on net and have four or five shots a game," Warning said. "Last night, I didn't get any breaks. But tonight, I got some breaks and was fortunate to have two goals.

"I think I was wanting to make the pass more when I had a shot sometimes, and I just really need to bear down when the shot is there. There's a time for a pass and a time for a shot."

Penn State surrendered six power play opportunities in a 3-2 loss to open the series Sunday. While Gadowsky said his side was focused on staying out of the box Monday, it quickly found it anyway.

Minnesota (15-2-3) scored first after Travis Boyd made the hosts pay for a Max Gardiner hook — Gadowsky later said he didn't have much of a choice but to take the penalty — with a blistering slap shot that evaded starting netminder Eamon McAdam (20 saves).

Warning scored once in the second and once in the third to build Minnesota's lead to three. But State made it interesting, if only for 17 seconds, when it climbed within two on Kenny Brook's second marker of the year. It went for naught, though, as the Lions failed to clear the area in front of McAdam moments later, allowing Minnesota's Nate Condon to sneak in front and score to put the Golden Gophers back up by three.

The hosts would again cut the lead to a pair when Curtis Loik snapped a wrister past Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox (36 saves) with 3:30 to play, but State wouldn't score again. Justin Kloos added an empty netter with four seconds to play to seal the deal.

"It's something we talked about," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said of the road sweep. "We had the first home sweep when we played Wisconsin over Thanksgiving [break], and that's something we talked about coming in here, especially after winning Sunday.

"We got off to a good start on both nights. Tonight, we got the power play going and the guys moved it around pretty well and scored, but I thought Penn State played very well. It became our speed versus their size a little bit tonight."

After being outshot Sunday , Penn State earned a 38-25 advantage on the shot tote Monday in the defeat. The Lions also surrendered a power play goal while killing four other penalties. They were 0-of-3 on their own opportunities with the extra man.

Penn State (4-12-1) returns to the ice Jan. 17-18 when it travels to East Lansing for a pair of skates with Michigan State.

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