Gopher hockey on top of Big Ten after beating Michigan State

Gophers celebrate win over Michigan State
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Unranked but undaunted, the University of Minnesota men's hockey team has surged into a tie atop the Big Ten standings.

Scott Reedy scored twice and Jared Moe made 22 saves in Friday night's 4-1 win over No. 19 Michigan State in front of an announced crowd of 8,860 at Mariucci Arena.

The win was the sixth straight for the Gophers, all in Big Ten play, and second in a row over the Spartans.

With Ohio State taking a shootout win over Penn State, the Buckeyes and the Gophers are tied with 31 points.

After Saturday's games, there are three weeks left in the Big Ten regular season, with the Gophers set to play on the road against Penn State and Notre Dame before finishing off with a home series against Michigan.

The Gophers never trailed Friday night, getting on top early on a goal by  Blake McLaughlin just 1:11 into the first period.

The Spartans tied the score halfway through the period on a power play goal by Mitchell Lewandowski.

Minnesota took it from there in the second period, going ahead on Sampo Ranta's goal, then adding on when Reedy found the back of the net with 1.8 seconds left before intermission.

Reedy added his second goal with an empty netter late in the game.