This time, shots go in as Gophers bounce back, top Badgers in series finale, read Saturday night's game story.
The Gophers desperately needed a pick-me-up and it was the seniors that would eventually provide the boost of confidence. Four of the five goals scored in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Wisconsin were scored by the senior class.
Travis Boyd contributed two goals and an assist, Sam Warning had a goal and assist, and Christian Isackson scored his first goal of the season. Kyle Rau, Seth Ambroz and Ben Marshall played a big role in the Gophers' physical effort, which made a big statement in the last-minute scrum that included everyone on the ice.
"Being a senior you gotta step up and be a leader, and I thought all together the senior class had a good game tonight," Boyd said. "Christian Isackson had a goal, Sam played well, Kyle always brings it, Ambroz was good and Marsh was good, too. Overall as a senior class, I thought that we all had good games tonight and that was part of the reason we had a good result."
Coach Don Lucia was pleased to see the leadership get rewarded for the consistent offensive pressure it produced throughout the weekend. The Gophers totaled 99 shots on goal in two games, leading to the team's first win since Jan. 3.
"We needed one," Lucia said. "Even last night I thought we played well other than a couple instances that ended up costing us, and tonight we got rewarded with some goals and that was really the difference."
Saturday’s box score.
Here's a look at the last-minute brawl:
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Gophers sophomore forward Connor Reilly
Gophers senior forward Travis Boyd
Gophers coach Don Lucia
Friday replay: Despite 49 shots, Gophers can muster only a tie with lowly Badgers and suffer shootout loss, read Friday night's game story and postgame blog with Wisconsin reaction. Watch postgame video of senior forward Travis Boyd, coach Don Lucia, and Wisconsin sophomore forward and former Mr. Hockey Minnesota Grant Besse.