ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Freshman forward Jonny Sorenson’s second goal of the season early in the third period proved to be the winner as the Gophers beat Michigan 3-1 on Saturday at Yost Ice Arena in Big Ten men’s hockey. Sorenson’s goal gave Minnesota (4-4-2, 1-1-2-2 Big Ten) a 2-0 lead.
Jared Moe, a 6-4 freshman from New Prague, made a season-high 38 saves for Minnesota.
“A real hard-fought hockey game,” Gophers coach Bob Motzko said. “In the last two weekends we’ve watched our young guys grow up. Obviously, we got outstanding goaltending by our young freshman, Moe.
Michigan (3-5-2, 0-3-1) cut the Gophers’ lead to 2-1 on Emil Ohrwall’s goal just under seven minutes after Sorenson scored. It stayed 2-1 until Gophers sophomore co-captain Sammy Walker got an empty-netter with 12 seconds left.
Brandon McManus gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead late in the opening period.