ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jaxon Nelson’s first collegiate goal won’t officially count although that makes it no less impressive as the freshman forward dazzled for the 3-on-3 overtime winner on Friday night. Nelson’s tally secured the Big Ten bonus point for the Maroon & Gold while the game officially goes down as a 1-1 overtime tie.
After a scoreless first period, Minnesota (3-4-2 overall, 0-1-2-2 Big Ten) jumped out to a one-goal lead with Brannon McManus’ third goal of the year at 19:03 of the second stanza. Matt Staudacher and Sampo Ranta picked up assists on the goal. Michigan (3-4-2, 0-2-1-0) answered back with a goal from Jacob Hayhurst at 8:36 of the third period.
Nelson ended the second overtime session at the 2:52 mark with assists from Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Ryan Johnson. The statistics do not officially count towards season totals.
In goal, Jack LaFontaine made a season-high 33 saves for the Gophers, moving to 1-2-1 on the season in his return to Yost Ice Arena. The junior netminder spent two seasons on the Wolverines roster to start his career. Strauss Mann made 27 saves for Michigan, moving to 3-4-2 on the year.
Minnesota officially recorded 27 shots on goal in the tie (adding two more in the 3-3 overtime session) while Michigan ended the night with 34 shots on goal. The Gophers were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill but 0-for-3 on the power play.
COLLEGE PARK – The No. 6 University of Minnesota volleyball team earned a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) over Maryland, tonight in College Park, Md. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 18-3 overall and 12-1 in Big Ten action.
Adanna Rollins led the Gophers in both kills and digs when she had 13 kills and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Alexis Hart had 10 kills and hit .333. Taylor Morgan and Airi Miaybe each had seven kills and hit .312 and .300, respectively. Regan Pittman had six kills and hit .455. Morgan also led the Gophers with three blocks.
As a team, Minnesota hit .274 to Maryland’s .175 and had 48 kills to the Terrapins’ 31. Despite the Gophers being outblocked, 10-4, Minnesota held a 50-46 dig advantage.