Minnesota beats Wisconsin 4-1Published 9:31am Sunday, November 13, 2011
MADISON, Wis. — One night after losing its first game as the top-ranked team in the nation, Minnesota routed Wisconsin 4-1 Saturday to earn a split in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Taylor Mattson and Nate Condon had a goal and assist apiece, and Minnesota coach Don Lucia picked up his 300th career win as Golden Gophers head coach. Lucia is the second Minnesota coach to reach the 300-win mark, following Doug Woog.
The top-ranked Gophers (10-2-0, 7-1-1) lost 3-1 on Friday when the Badgers scored three times in the second period.
It was tight through two period on Saturday, even though Minnesota was more active on the offensive end. The Gophers outshot the Badgers 20-9 through the first two periods.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead on Seth Helgeson’s wrister through traffic at 6:14 of the first period.
But the Badgers got the equalizer late when Tyler Barnes redirected a pass through the crease from John Ramage with 3:36 left in the period.
After a scoreless second period, Minnesota scored three times in the third, while outshooting the Badgers 13-5 in shots on goal.
Taylor Matson beat the Wisconsin (5-6-1, 4-5-1) goalie Joel Rumpel, who finished with 29 saves.
Nick Bjugstad and Condon also scored in the third period.
Kent Patterson made 13 saves for Minnesota.
Minnesota was playing its first series as the nation’s top-ranked team since 2008.