The Wisconsin men’s hockey team got a pair of late third period goals and skated to a 2-2 tie with the 16th ranked Minnesota Gophers at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The Badgers then earned the extra point in the conference standings by winning the shootout 2-1.
The Gophers (10-7-2, 1-2-2-0) started the first period with a 18-0 shot advantage and Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel kept Wisconsin in the game by making 19 saves on 20 first period shots.
The Badgers played better in the second period, then found a way to score twice in the third on goals by Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway.
Rumpel wound up making 47 saves for the game for the Badgers.
The final game of the 2-game series is set for 5pm today on Fox Sports Wisconsin.