Desperate Times and Measures earn UM a Win

A bad skating performance through the first two period cost the Badgers any chance of beating rival Minnesota Friday night.

MINNEAPOLIS - With the Gophers having two weeks off to bemoan their horrible power play, their failing offense and their ninth-place standing in the WCHA, the Badgers had to have known their border rivals would come out firing.

Apparently not.

The No. 10/12 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team (14-13-6, 10-11-4 WCHA) dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota (13-13-7, 7-11-5 WCHA) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 10,188 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

The Gophers scored the only goal in the first period at 9:49. Sophomore Derek Peltier wrist shot found its way past Shane Connelly (23 saves) on a pass from Mike Carman and Ryan Flynn.

The Badgers were outshot by Minnesota in the opening period, 11-5, but considering the fact UW has been outscored 23-14 in the first period of WCHA games and the Gophers have outscored their opponents 27-16 scoring advantage in the opening session overall, the damage was doable.

Such was not the case at the end of the second.

Minnesota scored just 24 seconds into their power play at 10:53 to take a two goal lead off the stick of Carman. Less than two minutes later the Gophers' Patrick White converted on a UW turnover to take a 3-0 lead.

Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion converted on a 5-on-3 and Aaron Bendickson scored an even strength goal in the third to make the final score of 4-2 respectable, but could barely hide the fact of how poorly Wisconsin played.

The final border battle game between the Badgers and Gophers will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mariucci Arena.

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