Gophers hockey drops first Big Ten game in 2-1 loss at Wisconsin
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The top-ranked Gophers (19-3-5, 8-1-2 Big Ten) never led on Thursday night at the Wisconsin Badgers (15-8-2, 6-4-1 Big Ten) as they dropped their first Big Ten game, also the first loss since November.
The Badgers' Jake McCabe scored the winning goal with a little more than six minutes left in the third period for the 2-1 lead that stood as final from the Kohl Center.
Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox finished with 17 saves, but let two shots slip by including Frankie Simonelli's first-period, power-play goal that got the Badgers off to a 1-0 lead. Gophers' freshman forward Taylor Cammarta netted the equalizer less than three minutes later.
Though both goalies forced a scoreless second period, Wilcox was narrowly outmatched by Badgers' netminder Joel Rumpel, who continually defended a barrage of Gophers' shots and finished with 31 saves.
Minnesota pulled Wilcox in the closing seconds and failed to convert despite a 6-on-4 advantage.
The Gophers return to the Kohl Center on Friday night to close out the season series. Puck drops at 8 p.m. CT.