Gophers seniors exit Mariucci with a sweep over Penn State

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Tom Serratore scored the winner for the Gophers, and Michael Shibrowski excelled in goal with 26 saves.

They’ve adopted the name “fab five.”

Nate Condon, Tom Serratore, Jake Parenteau, Justin Holl and Michael Shibrowski are the Gophers’ fabulous seniors that have helped the program find its way back to success over the past four years.

The leadership was on display once more at Mariucci Arena on Saturday night as Serratore played hero in a 2-1 victory over Penn State.

Serratore scored just his third goal of the season on a 360-degree move that sent the game-winning goal into the top of the net at 13 minutes, 15 seconds of the third period. Mariucci Arena hadn’t been louder this season after the senior saved the night.

Shibrowski handled the rest in the net for the Gophers (23-4-5 overall, 12-2-0 Big Ten). The backup goaltender had 26 saves and picked up his second victory in his second start of the season.

Junior forward Travis Boyd had a goal and assist for back-to-back two-point efforts.

“Great goal by Tommy — can’t script it any better than that,” Shibrowski said. “Senior Night for one of the hardest-working guys. That was kind of cool, then our guys were great in front of me.”

Shibrowski, Serratore and the rest of the senior class are what coach Don Lucia calls “program guys” and the “heart-and-soul type of player.” The seniors helped lead the Gophers to a 16-1-3 record at Mariucci Arena this season. Four years ago, the then-freshmen and 2010-2011 Gophers won only 16 games all season.

Lucia honored his seniors by starting all five and the group skated together for just over a minute.

There was nothing typical about the week leading up to their final home series, though. The seniors started using the hashtag “fabfive” in their Twitter blasts and reflected on the best memories over the last four years.

Among their favorites were the 2012 Frozen Four appearance and now Saturday night’s victory that only five of the original 11 in the Class of 2014 were a part of.

“We had a mentality of all the seniors wanting to go out on a big note. I would have taken an easier win, but it was great having Shibrowski and Tommy having great games like that,” said co-captain Condon. “It’s something we can always look back on and be proud of.”

Penn State changed its approach a night after the Gophers had their way with the Nittany Lions, according to coach Guy Gadowsky.

They kept an extra man back on defense and settled for fewer quality scoring chances. The adjustment paid off. Penn State created a turnover late in the second period, and Curtis Loik broke away for the game-tying goal.

PJ Musico had 35 saves for the Nittany Lions (6-22-2 overall, 2-13-1-0 Big Ten), but the Gophers seniors came through.

Shibrowski said the experience of celebrating a sweep on Senior Night sent a tingle down his spine. Condon said it was weird saying goodbye to a place he has skated at the past four seasons. After the pregame ceremony honoring the seniors, Condon’s dad followed him back into the tunnel handing out high-fives the way he’s watched his son do.

Holl and Parenteau contributed eight shots on goal and helped Shibrowski keep the Nittany Lions stuck on one goal.

“Last run here on the big pond, so I couldn’t ask for a better moment to end my career here at Mariucci,” Serratore said about his game-winner.

  • gophers 2, penn State 1

    Up next: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio State • TV: FSN (1500-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Washington 96 4th Qtr 3:31
New York 83
Oklahoma City 1:30 PM
San Antonio
Cleveland 4:00 PM
Miami
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
Chicago
Golden State 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
DePaul 29 1st Half 2:27
Loyola Marymount 27
Ohio 3:00 PM
Nebraska
Colorado 5:30 PM
Hawaii
George Washington 7:30 PM
Wichita State
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

<
Gophers Football Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin 2:30 pmX34-24
Jan 1 - vs. Missouri noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your favorite Gophers football uniform colors?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close