The Gophers and Badgers skated to a tie this evening at Mariucci Arena.
Budish Collects Two Points
Zach Budish was back on a line with Erik Haula and Nate Condon tonight, and it seemed to reenergize him. Zach Budish. He got his second goal of the season a mere 3:49 into the first period. His first goal of the season was the game winner vs. Minnesota State the last the Gophers were on home ice. Budish also assisted on the second Gopher goal of the game, scored by Erik Haula. It was Zack's first multi-point game since the opening weekend versus Michigan State. The line of Condon, Haula, and Budish was the most affective for Minnesota tonight.
Trouble Breaking Away
Minnesota captured leads twice, but the Badgers were quick to respond both times. After Zach Budish put the Gophers out front in the first period, the Badgers answered only 26 seconds. The Gophers' lead was again short-lived in the second period. Erik Haula staked the Gophers to a 2-1 lead 48 seconds into the frame, but Wisconsin squared the score at two just four minutes and eighteen seconds later. Both Wisconsin goals came from Michael Mersch.
Power Play Needed More
The Gophers scored five power-play goals on nine chances last weekend in Alaska. They came into the game ranked third in the nation at over 28 percent, but they missed significant opportunities tonight. Minnesota had two separate five-minute power plays and failed to capitalize on either of them. The Gophers took multiple shots each occasion, but Wisconsin goalie Landon Peterson was up to the task. Overall, the Gophers were one-of-five on the power play.
Point Earned at Mariucci
The Badgers became the first team to earn a point at Mariucci Arena this season. The Gophers came into the weekend with a perfect record on home ice, 4-0-0. Minnesota came into the game averaging four goals per game and giving up just one goal per game at home. The last team to beat the Gophers at Mariucci Arena was Wisconsin. The Badgers scored four goals en route to a 4-1 victory in early March, the night before the Gophers claimed the MacNaughton Cup. The Gophers still have not been beaten in Minneapolis this season.
Minnesota and Wisconsin will tangle tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Border Battle will be covered live on the Big Ten Network.
Written by University of Minnesota Intern Josh Brennock