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November 18, 2018
Minnesota Bounces Back; OSU Cruises Past Wisconsin Again
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A hat trick by Evan Barratt was overshadowed by his team’s electric overtime win, but his coach didn’t forget afterward.
“Awesome. He is just a hockey player,” Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky said. “It is really hard to describe because he is just a hockey player. His mind is absolutely elite and so is his compete level. He is just a hockey player and he is fun to watch.”
The real fireworks came after Barratt had all his goals, though. Michigan rallied in the third period, scoring four times, including twice in the final three-and-a-half minutes, to tie the game and send it into overtime. It looked like Michigan might pull off its second straight comeback win.
But Penn State eliminated all those negatives very quickly. The Lions dumped it in right off the opening faceoff of overtime, and Michigan goalie Strauss Mann let the puck bounce off him and right back out in front of the crease. Sam Sternschein swooped in and knocked home the game-winning goal.
“I’ve been in this game 37 years in college hockey and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ending quite like that on an innocent play,” Michigan coach Mel Pearason said. “They just pushed forward to the puck, they shoot it and it goes off Strauss, he can’t control the rebound and they beat us to the puck. … We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I did like the resiliency our team showed tonight.”
Pearson said his defense played too casual throughout the night.
“Not picking guys up, not playing aggressive at times,” Pearson said. “We looked confused in our zone, everybody trying to do somebody else’s job. Not trusting the communication, I mean a number of things.”