The winger scored two goals and had an assist as the U swept a Big Ten road series for the first time.
The winger scored twice and collected three points, helping the No. 1-ranked Gophers record their first road sweep since October and the first road sweep in the Big Ten this season with a 5-2 victory over Penn State in front of an announced crowd of 6,154.
“Ever since [winter] break, I’ve been trying to get pucks on net and have four or five shots a game,” Warning said. “Last night, I didn’t get any breaks, but tonight, I got some breaks and was fortunate to have two goals.
“I think I was wanting to make the pass more when I had a shot sometimes, and I just really need to bear down when the shot is there. There’s a time for a pass and a time for a shot.”
The Gophers (15-2-3, 4-0-1 Big Ten) scored once in each of the first two periods before blasting a pair of shots past Nittany Lions goalie Eamon McAdam (20 saves) and adding an empty-netter late in the third. Travis Boyd, Nate Condon and Justin Kloos also scored for the Gophers.
Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox made 36 saves.
After a gritty 3-2 victory in the series opener Sunday night, the Gophers gained an insurmountable lead this time around despite being outshot 38-25, all while never putting themselves into a position in which they needed to rally for a decisive goal.
The Gophers scored first 2:25 into the first period on a power-play goal from Boyd, and built the lead to 3-0 early in the third after Warning beat McAdam with a wrister for his second goal. Penn State’s Kenny Brooks banked a loose puck off the back of Wilcox to cut the deficit to 3-1 with 10 minutes to play, but Condon scored 17 seconds, winning a battle in front of McAdam before beating him to the blocker side.
The Nittany Lions (4-12-1, 0-4) canceled out Condon’s score and again got within two goals when Curtis Loik’s snipe from in tight flew over Wilcox’s right shoulder with 3:30 to play, but the hosts never drew closer. Kloos’ empty-netter finished the scoring.
“It’s something we talked about,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said of the road sweep. “We had the first home sweep when we played Wisconsin over Thanksgiving [break], and that’s something we talked about coming in here, especially after winning Sunday.
“We got off to a good start on both nights. Tonight, we got the power play going and the guys moved it around pretty well and scored, but I thought Penn State played very well. It became our speed versus their size a little bit tonight.”
Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said he would have felt his side played “pretty well” had he been told before the set that they’d lose by a goal to the top team in college hockey Sunday before outshooting it Monday.
“I thought we did play better tonight,” Gadowsky said. “I thought we generated a lot more chances. We felt really good about the chances we had, and what doesn’t show up [in the boxscore] is that we hit a crossbar, hit a post, and I think we missed an open net on a 2-on-1.
“I thought we generated some open chances. [The atmosphere] was fantastic.”
|Cincinnati||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha||6:05 PM|
|Washington - G. Gonzalez|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - C. Morton|
|Toronto - D. Hutchison||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - J. Masterson|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - D. Smyly|
|Atlanta - A. Harang||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. Niese|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Lackey|
|NY Yankees - H. Kuroda||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - E. Bedard|
|Seattle - C. Young||6:10 PM|
|Miami - N. Eovaldi|
|Chicago WSox - F. Paulino||7:05 PM|
|Texas - M. Perez|
|Minnesota - R. Nolasco||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Vargas|
|Philadelphia - J. Pettibone||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - T. Chatwood|
|Houston - J. Cosart||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|San Francisco - M. Cain||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|Arizona - W. Miley||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
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