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Nittany Notebook (11-20): PSU hockey team opens season with loss

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Update: 8:45 a.m.

**The Penn State’s men’s hockey team opened its season with a 4-1 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. The teams will play again today at 4 p.m.

Here’s how Thursday’s game played out, from GoPSUSports.com:

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a scoreless first period, Minnesota opened the scoring at 5:22 of the middle frame as Jonny Sorenson jammed home a loose puck out front for the 1-0 score.
  • Another bouncing puck found the stick of Scott Reedy in the slot and he ripped a shot over the glove of junior net-minder Oskar Autio (Espoo, Finland) for the 2-0 edge midway through the second period.
  • Sophomore Kevin Wall (Penfield, N.Y.) cut the deficit in half late in the second period using some silky mitts after receiving a perfect pass from classmate Connor McMenamin (Collegeville, Pa.) to beat Gopher goaltender Jack LaFontaine past the glove at 19:33 of the stanza.
  • Minnesota regained the two-goal margin early in the third period as Cullen Munson slipped the puck past the right pad of Autio after the puck bounced hard off the end wall for the 3-1 lead at 3:53 of the frame.
  • The Gophers extended the lead as Sampo Ranta burned the Nittany Lion defense and carried the puck from his backhand to his forehand sliping it past the far pad of Autio for the 4-1 advantage at 10:43 of the third period.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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