Men’s hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (3) Wisconsin

Max Sanders

FINAL-In a game with no playoff implications except possible momentum moving forward, Minnesota absolutely dominated, winning 6-1. 4:57 3rd-Frustration is starting to boil over for the Badgers, resulting in contact after the whistle. Four players were sent to the box, two from each team; all penalties were for roughing. 6:32 3rd-The scoring continues for Minnesota. Tony Lucia was streaking down the right boards and was looking for a streaking Aaron Ness. The centering pass fell wide of Ness but right to Mike Carman, who used Ness as a shield and got the puck past Bennett. The goal is Carman’s second goal of the game. GOPHERS 6, WISCONSIN 1. 7:36 3rd-Just as the first penalty ended, Mike Hoeffel found a wide open Nick Leddy just outside the net, who fired a shot past Bennett for the power play goal. GOPHERS 5, WISCONSIN 1. 9:08 3rd-It’s been 17 seconds, so obviously we’re due for another Badgers penalty. This time it’s on Blake Geoffrion. As he was heading to the box he cheap-shotted a Gophers forward, doubling his penalty time to four minutes; two minutes for contact to the head and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. 9:25 3rd-Penalty on Wisconsin’s Jordy Murray for cross checking. 13:50 3rd-After the whistle jostling in front of the Minnesota bench results in Brian Schack receiving two minutes for contact to the head and a ten minute misconduct, the Gophers second ten-minute misconduct of the game. Wisconsin will have 31 seconds of a five-on-three following by just more then a minute of a man-advantage. 15:03 3rd-Wisconsin’s Michael Davies had a breakaway chance at his second goal of the game, but Kangas came up with the glove save. Minnesota’s Nick Larson was sent to the box on the delayed slashing penalty. 17:22 3rd-Wisconsin and Minnesota each have a man sent to the box, both for cross checking. Wisconsin’s Ben Grotting and Minnesota’s Brian Schack were each sent to the box. 18:10 3rd-Budish exits the box as his penalty ends. In the second period Minnesota had seven power plays and scored three power play goals. 2nd Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Gophers 3(Lucia, Cepis, Lucia [{PP}); Wisconsin 1(Davies) Shots on Goal: Gophers 11; Wisconsin 9 Penalties: Gophers Instant Analysis: Minnesota is playing some of its best hockey of the season, and while this game will not affect the standings, it will send the team to Grand Forks with some confidence and momentum. Taking advantage of nearly every of the five Wisconsin penalties in the period, Minnesota’s seniors have taken advantage of their final game at Mariucci, accounting for three of the four goals scored to this point. Two goals were scored by Tony Lucia, who now has reached double digits in that category with 11 goals. Lucia has 25 points on the season, by far his career high. Mike Carman and Jacob Cepis each added goals, Cepis’ coming on a rebound in which he punched the puck through a wide-open net. Minnesota will head into the third period with a three goal lead. 00:11 2nd-After nearly accidentally hitting referee Todd Anderson with his stick after the whistle, Zach Budish is sent to the box for high sticking. 1:25 2nd-Wisconsin has a player sent to the box for the fifth time this period, as Andy Bohmbach is called for tripping. 6:25 2nd-On senior night, Tony Lucia blows the game wide open with his second goal of the period, this time coming on the power play. Streaking across the slot, Lucia blasted a wrist shot that went high and past the stick side of Bennett for the goal, extending Minnesota’s lead to 3. GOPHERS 4, WISCONSIN 1. 6:59 2nd-Wisconsin commits its fourth penalty of the period, as Brendan Smith was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. 7:18 2nd-Cade Fairchild fired a shot that was knocked to a wide open Jacob Cepis waiting just outside the crease, who knocked the puck in the wide open net for the goal. GOPHERS 3, WISCONSIN 1. 8:25 2nd-A penalty filled second period continues for the Badgers, with Cody Goloubef getting cited for roughing. 9:00 2nd-The Gophers regain the lead. White fired a shot that was deflected by Tony Lucia and found the back of the net. GOPHERS 2, WISCONSIN 1. 9:33 2nd-Minnesota will have 16 seconds of a five-on-three after Justin Schultz was called for interference. Following the two man advantage the Gophers will have another 1:44 of a power play. 11:18 2nd-Ryan Flynn got tangled with with Ryan McDonagh in front of the Wisconsin net after the whistle, and after several takedowns both were separated. McDonagh was cited for cross checking, roughing and a ten-minute misconduct. Flynn was called for roughing and a ten-minute misconduct, giving Minnesota its first power play of the game. 11:56 2nd-After the power play ends, Wisconsin ties the game. Michael Davies took the pass from Derek Stepan and put a shot past Kangas. who had his mask knocked off, for the equalizer. GOPHERS 1, WISCONSIN 1. 17:10 2nd-The Badgers will be on the third power play of the game, as Kevin Wehrs is sent to the box again, this time for interference after he contacted a Wisconsin forward in front of the net. 1st Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Gophers 1(Carman); Wisconsin 0 Shots on Goal: Gophers 10; Wisconsin 8 Penalties: Gophers 2; Wisconsin 0 Instant Analysis: Though the game is insignificant from a playoff standpoint, Minnesota is more than holding its own against the No. 3 ranked team in the country. The Gophers battled in front of the Badgers net to earn that first goal, with Carman knocking it through. Goals like that are sure to please Don Lucia, as he has repeatedly said those type of “gritty goals” are the ones they are going to need moving forward. Hopefully for Lucia his team can continue to build on this lead and not experience similar results as Friday’s game, when they took the early lead but ended up surrendering two unanswered Badgers goals before falling 3-2. 00:00 1st-The first period comes to a close with Minnesota ahead 1-0. 1:48 1st-Wisconsin will have its second power play of the period as Patrick White was cited for tripping. 3:59 1st-For the second game in the weekend Minnesota gets on the board first. Kevin Wehrs blasted a shot from just outside the right faceoff circle. After the shot was stopped and knocked in front of the net by Bennett, Mike Carman emerged from the scrum in front of the net and knocked the puck in the net. GOPHERS 1, WISCONSIN 0.

8:37 1st-The Gophers produce a solid penalty kill, although the Badgers did have a couple good looks at the net on backdoor screens, but failed to convert. On the other end Jacob Cepis skated around the net and dished the puck to Jake Hansen, but the sophmore could not put a shot on net as several Wisconsin defensemen got to him before he could get a shot off.

11:28 1st-Just like Friday night Wisconsin gets the first power play, after Minnesota’s Kevin Wehrs was called for cross checking.