Minnesota did what it was supposed to Friday night, defeating Wisconsin 4-2 at Mariucci Arena in front of 10,256 fans.
The Gophers improved to 15-9-3 overall , 10-8-1 in the WCHA. Wisconsin dropped to 15-8-6, 9-5-5 in the WCHA. It was the Badgers' seventh consecutive road loss to the Gophers. Wisconsin allowed four goals for the first time in 21 games.
Minnesota's Keith Ballard had a goal and an assist to lead the Gophers, while Thomas Vanek added three assists.
Minnesota's defense and special teams were key in this win. The Gophers limited Wisconsin to only 18 shots and its power play unit went 3-for-5 on the night.
The two teams play again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.
Men's Hockey: Gophers 4, Badgers 2
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