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UW masters of outdoors game, top Minnesota 3-2 at Soldier Field

CHICAGO - The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team upset second-ranked Minnesota 3-2 yesterday, playing outdoors at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

The 18th-ranked Badgers scored all their goals within three-and-a-half minutes in the second period to up 3-0. Sean Little scored the game at 16:22 in the period. Kevin Schulz and John Ramage also scored for Wisconsin, which improved to 10-7-7 in the WCHA and 13-10-7 overall. The Badgers are now 3-0 lifetime in outdoor contests - and they split their weekend series with the Gophers.

Seth Ambroz and Zach Budish scored in the final period for Minnesota, which dropped to 12-6-4 in the conference and 20-6-4 overall. Over 52,000 people saw the two games at Soldier Field (Notre Dame beat Miami of Ohio 2-1 in the first game) and Badgers' coach Mike Eaves said the atmosphere gave his team a real boost. The Badgers will host Penn State next Sunday and Monday.

The Golden Gophers outshot the Badgers 38-19 in the game, which was the first outdoor game of the modern era for the Minnesota program. Minnesota split the weekend series after taking the Friday contest in Madison 3-2. Minnesota dips to 20-6-and-4 overall and 12-6-and-4 in the WCHA, tied for fourth place with North Dakota behind St. Cloud State, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota State. The Golden Gophers host Minnesota-Duluth on Friday and Saturday.