Gophers forge comeback for OT win over Clarkson

Minnesota faced a 3-0 deficit after the first period, but eventually won 4-3 in overtime.

Gophers forward Leon Bristedt maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Saturday during Minnesota's game against Ohio State.

Joe Sulik

Gophers forward Leon Bristedt maneuvers the puck down the rink at Mariucci Arena on Saturday during Minnesota’s game against Ohio State.

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Minnesota took a page from St. Cloud’s book Friday and did the same thing to Clarkson that the Huskies did twice last weekend.

The Gophers, who lost to the Huskies by way of 3-goal and 2-goal comebacks last weekend, ended up overcoming a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Clarkson Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime in the first game of a two-game road trip in New York.

Minnesota’s comeback started midway through the second period, first with a power-play goal from forward Mike Szmatula, and then almost two minutes later on another power play came junior forward Leon Bristedt’s first goal to cut Clarkson’s lead to one.

After ending the first period tied in shots at 11 apiece, Minnesota took the offensive momentum to fire off 13 shots in the second, and 11 shots in the third.

Senior Captain Justin Kloos was the third period hero and scored his second goal of the season to tie the game at 3 all and overtime came next.

Bristedt scored on Minnesota’s first shot during overtime less than two minutes in for the come-from-behind victory.

All of the Gophers goals in the game went unanswered.

Though Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn let in three of the first 11 shots he faced, he closed up his net to deny the next 10 shots he faced in the second and third period.

No. 12 Minnesota travels to Canton, NY Saturday. to face off against the No. 18 St. Lawrence Saints.