No. 16 Minnesota scored three times in 74 seconds in the second period, turning a two-goal deficit into a lead in a 3-2 victory over the 20th-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team on Friday at the Kohl Center.
No. 3: Badgers forward Brock Caufield scored 9:37 into the game to put UW ahead on a good effort from all parts of the third line that includes Roman Ahcan and Dominick Mersch.
No. 2: Tyler Sheehy always seems to have a contribution when Minnesota plays UW. On Friday, he assisted on the tying goal by Rem Pitlick and provided a different kind of helper on Ben Brinkman’s goal 19 seconds earlier. He was checked by UW’s Ty Emberson over the back of Daniel Lebedeff, causing the Badgers goalie to be unable to defend Brinkman’s shot.
No. 1: Gophers goalie Mat Robson rebounded from being pulled last Friday, stopping all 15 shots he faced in the third period and 30 for the game.
The Badgers and the Gophers finish the series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.
The 20th-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will look to keep No. 16 Minnesota looking for its first even-strength goal in a long time when the teams open their Big Ten Conference schedules at the Kohl Center on Friday (7 p.m., FSW, 1310 AM).
The Golden Gophers haven’t scored an even-strength goal in more than a month. Granted, because they have played only five games so far, it’s 188:45 since a Sampo Ranta goal in the third period of an Oct. 7 game against Minnesota Duluth.
Minnesota has scored one goal in four of its five games. The other? The Gophers scored seven. Goalie Daniel Lebedeff and the Badgers will try to keep it to the former.
Max Zimmer – Seamus Malone – Will Johnson
Jack Gorniak – Tarek Baker – Sean Dhooghe
Jason Dhooghe – Mick Messner – Jarod Zirbel
Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Brock Caufield
K’Andre Miller – Ty Emberson
Wyatt Kalynuk – Tyler Inamoto
Golden Gophers (1-3-1)
Garrett Wait – Tommy Novak – Blake McLaughlin
Brent Gates Jr. – Rem Pitlick – Brannon McManus
Sampo Ranta – Sammy Walker – Tyler Sheehy
Ryan Norman – Darian Romanko – Jack Ramsey
Ryan Zuhlsdorf – Jack Sadek
Sam Rossini – Clayton Phillips
Ben Brinkman – Tyler Nanne