MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gophers win fourth straight
MINNEAPOLIS - (SportsNetwork.com) - David Cobb ran for 139 yards and a touchdown, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers claimed a 24-10 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten Conference tussle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Cobb also tallied three catches for 30 yards in the win to help the Golden Gophers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) earn their fourth straight conference victory, a feat they have not accomplished since 1973. Philip Nelson threw for 186 yards and a TD, and he also ran for 40 yards and a score. Zach Zwinak ran for a game-high 150 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions (5-4, 2-3), who were unable to build on last week's overtime win against Illinois. Christian Hackenberg completed 14-of-25 passes for 163 yards, while Allen Robinson finished with seven catches for 63 yards. MInnesota is off next weekend.
Jason Pominville netted his 200th career goal and scored in the shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 edge over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Neither team could break a 2-2 tie in overtime. All three Minnesota shooters scored in the shootout. Zach Parise led off going in with a leg kick, moving from backhand to forehand to easily beat Jason Peters. After Riley Nash rang a shot off the post for Carolina, Mikko Koivu quickly lifted a backhand shot into the net. Chris Terry kept Carolina in it with a backhander over Josh Harding. Pominville faked Peters and slipped the puck through the fivehole to give Minnesota the shootout win after losing to Washington, 3-2, in a shootout on Thursday. Justin Fontaine lit the lamp for Minnesota's other goal during regulation. Harding stopped 27-of-29 shots to give the Wild their fourth win in their last five contests.
Jake Bischoff scored the game-winning goals as the No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team split their weekend series with Notre Dame with a 5-4 win Saturday evening in South Bend, Ind. Minnesota led 3-2 after the first period and 4-2 in the third before the Fighting Irish tied the game at 4-4 at the end of the second period. Hudson Fasching had two Golden Gopher goals while Taylor Cammarata had a goal and an assist on Bischoff's winning goal. Mario Lucia had two goals and an assist for Notre Dame. Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox made 29 saves. Minnesota improves to 6-1-1 overall.
The University of Minnesota's women's hockey team needed two third period goals to beat St. Cloud State 4-3 for their 61st straight win Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Scoring the tying and game-winning goals for the No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers were Dani Cameranesi and Millica McMillen. SCSU took a 2-0 after the first period but the U's Sarah Davis tied the score in the second period with a pair of goals. Both Davis and McMillen had assists. Gopher goalie Amanda Leveille made 17 saves. Minnesotas still outshot the Huskies 36-20.