With 3:11 to go in the first, UW got the period's best scoring chance. Tyler Barnes of Wisconsin entered the Minnesota zone and was stopped by UM defenseman Seth Helgeson. Barnes then dished a pass to the late-entering Mark Zengerle, who was stuffed with a great left-pad save by UM's Kent Patterson on a one-time shot attempt.
Early in the second, Patterson kept the game scoreless again by making a save on a two-on-one chance by UW's Keegan Meuer and Sean Little.
The Badgers opened the scoring three and a half minutes later when Zengerle buried a feed by Barnes in front of the Minnesota net on the tail end of another two-on-one opportunity.
Wisconsin added to its lead just 45 seconds later when a shot by Meuer from the near the right half wall in the Minnesota zone deflected off Gopher defenseman Ben Marshall and past Patterson to make it 2-0.
Michael Mersch of the Badgers had chance to cushion his team's lead with another goal with 12:37 left in the period, but the Wisconsin sophomore's slapshot was stopped by Patterson.
Mersch made up for his miss 1:31 later when UW defenseman Justin Schultz sent him in alone again while the Gophers were in the midst of a line change. Mersch deked Patterson to the right and beat the UM goaltender through the five-hole to give the Badgers a three-goal lead.
One minute later, Minnesota senior Jake Hansen had a chance to cut the Gopher deficit to two on a chance just outside of the crease in the offensive end, but Wisconsin defender Eric Springer made a stick check that delayed Hansen's release and the shot was kept out by Rumpel's right pad.
With 4:51 left in the middle frame, Hansen had another chance on a two-on-one with sophomore Erik Haula, but Rumpel swallowed up the senior's blast from the right circle.
Working on a power-play with 69 seconds remaining in the third period, Hansen finally got the Gophers on the board by potting his fourth goal of the year, knocking home a Marshall rebound.
The goal broke Rumpel's shutout bid, but the Badgers easily held on for a 3-1 victory.
The loss dropped Minnesota to 6-1-0 in the WCHA, but the Gophers will still own a three-point lead in the conference standings entering tomorrow night's rematch, which starts at 7:30.
UM will look to avoid being swept on the road for the first time since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 against Minnesota State in the game, which will air on the Big Ten Network.
Mark Zengerle puts The Badgers up 1-0 over The Gophers off a great feed from Tyler Barnes.
Keegan Meuer adds another quick goal for The Badgers less than ten minutes into the second period. They now lead Minnesota 2-0.
Justin Schultz feeds Michael Mersch on a beautiful breakaway for The Badgers third goal of the second period. Score is now 3-0 Wisconsin.
The Gophers spoil the shut-out when Jake Hansen slips one past Rumpel with less than two minutes left to play in Madison.