In the inaugural game of the Big Ten hockey conference, the Minnesota Gophers knocked off the Wisconsin Badgers, 4-1, at Mariucci Arena thanks to a two goal performance by junior Seth Ambroz.
The Badgers scored first, six minutes into the game, but sophomore goal keeper Adam Wilcox would shut out the Badgers the rest of the way as he had 24 saves on the night.
Meanwhile, for Minnesota, they responded to the Wisconsin goal with two of their own in the first period — the first from Mike Reilly on a power play, then followed by Ambroz’s first goal of the night in the second half of the first period.
The Gophers improve to 10-2-1 while Wisconsin falls to 4-4-1. The border rivals will finish their series on Saturday at 5:10 pm. CT.