MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WSAU) --
The first ever Big Ten Hockey game was a win for Minnesota and a loss for Wisconsin. The Badgers fell 4-1 to the Gophers in the conference opener, dropping their record to 4-4-1, and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers scored first in the first period with a goal by Joseph LeBate. From there, the puck only went into the top ranked Gopher’s net.
There were five power plays for the Gophers in the first period, and the Badger’s special teams killed many of them. The score was 1-1 until midway through the second period. From then on, it was Minnesota in control.
Goaltender Landon Peterson had 41 saves in the Badger’s losing effort. Wisconsin also failed to produce a point during all five of their power play chances.
Minnesota hosts Wisconsin again Saturday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The game will be broadcast on WSAU AM 550 and FM 99.9 starting right after the Badgers vs. Penn State football game, at approximately 6:00 p.m.