MINNEAPOLIS Sometimes clichs are used for a reason.
Earlier this week, several members of the University of Minnesota men's hockey team talked about how records are thrown out the window whenever the Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers face off against each other.
It sounds formulaic, sure, but it often holds true. No matter how each team has fared prior to the border battle series, games between Minnesota and Wisconsin always seem to be close.
Such was the case Friday, as the one-win Badgers and the No. 3 Gophers skated to a 2-all tie at Mariucci Arena. It didn't matter that Wisconsin was without its top player in Mark Zengerle, or that Minnesota had won seven straight games at home dating back to last year.
The clich held true once again.
"That's been proven over the years," said Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. "I think you can go back and (records don't) really matter. That's what makes these games fun."
A year ago, Minnesota and Wisconsin split their four games, with each team...