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Minnesota Hockey: Gophers Try for Badger Sweep on Hockey Day Minnesota

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The Gophers will look to stay atop the Big Ten

Captain Kloos had the GWG for Minnesota in OT Friday night.
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The Gopher Hockey Team will go for the sweep of the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison this evening. Minnesota will look to stay atop the Big Ten standings in sole possession of first place.

The Gophers took Friday night’s opener 4-3 in overtime. The Gophers got off to a quick 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Leon Bristedt and Mike Szmatula. The Badgers would quickly answer in the second as Minnesota Wild First Round Draft Pick Luke Kunin put a wrister past Eric Schierhorn just 53 seconds into the second period, and Matt Ustaski would tie the game with just under three minutes left in the second period. The Gophers had an answer once again as Tyler Sheehy would make it 3-2 going into the second intermission with a gorgeous backhand.

The Badgers would get the only goal of the third period and had two great looks at the game winning goal with only seconds left, but Gopher defenseman jake Bischoff made a huge sprawling block of a slapshot to send the game into overtime. In the OT, the Gophers got a great full ice breakout from Justin Kloos who passed the puck to Sheehy just inside the Badger blue line. Kloos streaked for the net and put the puck past Jack Berry to give the Gophers a 4-3 win.

Minnesota has now won seven straight games—their longest streak since 2006 and sit alone on top of the Big Ten standings. Ohio State tied Penn State 3-3 and won the extra point in the shootout to give the Gophers a two point edge on the Nittany Lions coming into tonight’s games. A reminder that tonight's game is at 5:00 due to it being a part of Hockey Day Minnesota.

HOW TO WATCH

#7 Minnesota Golden Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers

Where: Kohl Center, Madison, WI

When: 5:00 PM

TV: Fox Sports North

Stream: BTN2GO ; Fox Sports Go

Radio: MyTalk 107.1