Michigan climbs to No 1 in Big Ten after Penn State victory

Michigan’s hockey team has moved to first place in the Big Ten following another impressive showing.

The second-ranked Wolverines downed No. 19 Penn State 5-2 on Thursday in State College to improve 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, moving ahead of Minnesota for first place and many won with this prediction on

They have won three straight, outscoring opponents 15-5 during that stretch.

Michigan is currently on 12 points - two more than Minnesota and three over Ohio State. The blue and white, meanwhile, remain winless in the Big Ten through three games.

Neither team got off to the hottest start, but it was Michigan that broke the tie in the first period when graduate forward Luke Morgan scored his second goal.

The maize and blue added a second goal in the second period thanks to 2021 No. 2-overall pick sophomore forward Matty Beniers. No. 1-overall pick sophomore defenseman Owen Power gathered the primary assist on Beniers’ goal.

Penn State cut the deficit in half later in the second thanks to a deflected rebound by senior forward Ben Copeland.

Senior goaltender Oskar Autio picked up the secondary assist on Copeland’s score, his second point of the season and his career.

Michigan put the dagger into Penn State with its third goal, with just under two minutes to go in the second.

In the third the Wolverines extended their lead from two to three thanks to a snipe from the right side from senior forward Garrett Van Wyhe.

The maize and blue added yet another tally in the third, with Beniers and Power connecting for the score once again.

Beniers scored twice on the power play. He has six goals on his past three games and now leads the team with eight this season.

The Nittany Lions (6-4, 0-3) scored at the 16:35 mark of the second period to cut the Wolverines’ lead to 2-1, but junior Johnny Beecher, a 2019 first-round pick of the Boston Bruins, scored on a one-timer less than two minutes later to restore a two-goal cushion.

Sophomore defenseman Owen Power, the 2021 No. 1 overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres fed Beecher for the goal and also assisted on Beniers’ second power-play goal 14:49 into the third period, giving him three points in the game. He has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) this season, good for second on the team behind sophomore forward Kent Johnson, who had two assists Thursday to give him 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) which several best ca online casino was glad about.

Michigan leads the nation with 46 goals this season. Meanwhile, sophomore goalie Erik Portillo, a 2019 third-round pick by the Sabres, made 33 saves. He has started every game this season.

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