ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In the second of a two-game series at Yost Ice Arena, the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team was looking to build off Friday night’s tie. And build it did with a 3-1 win over Michigan.
Both sides hoped to get on the board early, and the Wolverines had a couple of opportunities midway through the first period but hit a brick wall in Gophers goalie Jared Moe, who had a career-high 38 saves.
The Gophers finally broke through with less than three minutes left in the first when Brannon McManus took a pass from Ben Meyers and Sampo Ranta, sending the puck past Wolverines goalie Strauss Mann for a 1-0 lead.
McManus has been on a hot streak with a goal in each of the past three games.
“Hopefully I can just continue the streak and keep getting in the dirty areas,” he said.
Like Friday, it seemed the game would go scoreless in the second period, but Mann left the goal unattended and Gophers freshman Jonny Sorenson capitalized for a quick tip-in and his second goal of the season at the 2:52 mark.
Michigan got one back midway through the third on an Emil Ohrwall goal, but Sammy Walker’s empty-netter sealed the game for the Gophers at 19:48 of the third.
Gophers coach Bob Motzko said he was impressed with his underclassmen.
“That’s what we’ve been watching out for, some of our young players really took big steps forward to play at a higher level,” he said.
Now, the Gophers shift their focus to three upcoming series at 3M Arena at Mariucci: Penn State, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
“It’s at home so it’s huge for us. This is just a confidence booster after we came out and swept Michigan like we did. The guys will be feeling good going into next week,” Moe said.