By JESS MYERS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota freshman Taylor Cammarata gave his home state's biggest hockey crowd their only reason to cheer on Friday. Cammarata's second period goal was the difference as Minnesota held off Ohio State 1-0 in the Hockey City Classic, played before an outdoor crowd of 45,021 at TCF Bank Stadium.
Cammarata threw a puck on net that Buckeyes goalie Matt Tomkins slowed enough with a pad save to stop the puck on the goal line. But when the goalie scrambled to cover the puck with his glove, he inadvertently knocked it into the net, giving the Gophers rookie his fifth career goal.
Gophers goaltender Adam Wilcox had 21 saves for his second shutout of the season as top-ranked Minnesota improved to 16-2-3 overall and 6-0-1-0 in Big Ten play.
Tomkins had 25 saves as Ohio State fell to 11-7-1 overall and 1-3-1-0 in the conference.