Badgers puckesters rout U by 4-1 scoreRegional Sports
-- The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is closing the regular season on a hot streak. A 4-1 decision over Minnesota at Mariucci Arena gives the Badgers four wins in a row.
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is closing the regular season on a hot streak. A 4-1 decision over Minnesota at Mariucci Areana gives the Badgers four wins in a row
Sophomore Mark Zengerle had a goal and three assists as Wisconsin improved its record to 16-15-2, including 11-14-2 in the WCHA. UW scored three goals in a fast-paced second period attack.
The Golden Gophers came into the game heavily-favored and ranked number-four in the country, but Bucky owned the ice. Tyler Barnes put Wisconsin up near the end of the first period and the Badgers never trailed. Ryan Little, Michael Mersch and Zengerle score in that frame to give Wisconsin an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
The Gophers finally ruined the shutout with a little over a minute remaining on a goal by Nico Sacchetti. Freshman goalie Joel Rumpel had 26 saves while Kent Patterson made 11 before being pulled in the second period.
Despite the loss Minnesota still clinched its 11th McNaughton Cup in school history as Minnesota-Duluth lost 2-1 at St. Cloud State. The Golden Gophers are 19-8-0 in league play and 23-12-1 overall. UMD can only title for the title if they win over SCSU and the U loses again tonight but the Gophers hold the tie-breaker.