MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Wisconsin Badgers fought for another 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Gophers, leading to a series sweep over the top ranked and fourth-highest scoring college hockey team in the country.
A Wisconsin record hockey crowd of 15,359 kept the Kohl Center loud and full of energy, as Wisconsin got it’s first sweep of a top-ranked team in exactly ten years to the day. It was February 7th, 2004 when the Badgers got the sweep against then top-ranked North Dakota. You have to go back to November 1999 to find the last Badger’s sweep over Minnesota on home ice.
Joel Rumpel and a good game and series, stopping 28 saves Friday, and 59-61 shots in two games. Alex Wilcox saved 29 for the Gophers Friday.
The game was scoreless until about a minute to go in the first period, when Wisconsin’s Grant Besse got the first score at 19:40. Seth Ambrose had Minnesota’s only goal in the second period. Nick Kerdelis got his ninth score of the season with a goal in the third period, and the Badgers protected that lead to the end.
The Badger’s Jake McCabe was ejected after a hit to the head of Minnesota co-captain Kyle Rowe in the 2nd period, and several other Badgers stepped up in McCabe’s absence.
You won’t find much on the stat sheet, but Wisconsin’s Kevin Schulz was awarded a game puck for his outstanding play.
Wisconsin is now 16-8-2 overall, 15-2-1 at home, and 7-4-1 in Big Ten play.