Stellar work on the power play helped push No. 2 Minnesota past rival Wisconsin, 3-2, Friday night in WCHA hockey action in Madison.
The visiting Gophers (20-5-4 overall, 12-5-4 WCHA) scored three goals on the power play and owned a decisive shots-on-goal advantage all night, as they drew closer to first-place St. Cloud State in the conference standings. Minnesota, which outshot Wisconsin by a 43-30 margin, now has 28 points in the conference standings; St. Cloud State tops the WCHA with 31 points.
Minnesota seized a 2-1 advantage late in Friday's second period, after Nick Bjugstad blasted home a goal while benefitting from the man advantage.
"I just let it rip," Bjugstad said afterward, "and we were fortunate there."
With 7:12 left in the night's final stanza, Minnesota's Seth Ambroz handed his squad a decisive, 3-1 lead, when he trickled in a power-play score. Wisconsin pulled its goalie late and got a goal from Tyler Barnes with just 62 seconds remaining, but it wasn't enough...