Madison, Wis. – Tyler Sheehy's second goal of the game, with 4 minutes, 48 seconds to play, was the game-winner as the Gophers edged Wisconsin 4-2 in Big Ten hockey on Friday night.
The 10th goal of the season by the Gophers captain broke a 2-2 tie before an announced 11,511 at the Kohl Center. Tommy Novak and Brent Gates had assists on the play. Darian Romanko added an empty-net goal for the No. 12 Gophers (17-13-1, 8-10-1-1 Big Ten).
"I just kind of snuck one in there," said Sheehy, a junior forward from Burnsville, referring to his second goal. "I feel good about my game and real happy that the team had a good win tonight.
"Coming into this weekend, we knew it was going to be high emotions with a rival like this. We played a really good game and we competed for 60 minutes and we completed it there at the end."
Sophomore Mat Robson had a season-high 38 saves for Minnesota, including 23 in the penalty-filled second period, when the Gophers killed three penalties and got the only goal. Kyle Hayton stopped 35 shots for the No. 17 Badgers (14-14-4, 8-10-3-1).
"Mat was really good in the second period," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "… It was really important for us to get through that period with the score tied 1-1."
Sheehy made it 2-1 Gophers 39 seconds into the third.
"Tom [Novak] found me on the first one across ice for the breakout," Sheehy said. "Then [Brent] Gates was able to get it to the net, and I just tapped it in."
Wisconsin's Matt Ustaski tied it 2-2 at 2:14.
"Fortunately for us, our captain made a play with five minute to go to get the game-winner," Lucia said. "It was a one-play type of game."
And Sheehy made it.