MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota has the third-best power play in the nation, and Wisconsin saw it first-hand three times in the Golden Gophers’ 3-2 win on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Second-ranked Minnesota (20-5-4, 12-5-4) was 3-for-4 with a man advantage and came into the game scoring at a WCHA-best 25 percent on the power play.
“We’ve done a pretty good job all season, but what I liked tonight was our second unit got a couple of goals,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said.
With the win, Minnesota moved into a tie with North Dakota for second place in the WCHA. Both are three points behind St. Cloud State.
These points are really important for use late in the season,” said Nick Bjugstad, whose goal in the second period came with 30 seconds left in a four-minute power play. “Everybody just worked really hard.”
Sam Warning and Seth Ambrosz also had goals for the Gophers, who are averaging a nation-best 3.75 goals. They have scored four or more goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
Wisconsin starts the weekend in fifth place in the WCHA, tied with Denver (25 pts). They’ll face the Gophers on neutral ice, in the Hockey City Classic at Solder Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Badgers will also face Nebraska Omaha in Nebraska next weekend, then close out with a pair of games against league-leading St. Cloud State.
Wisconsin last played in an outdoor game at Camp Randall Stadium, beating Michigan 3-2 a couple of years ago.