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Updated: November 29th, 2013 7:36pm
Gophers men's hockey beats Wisconsin to secure first-ever Big Ten win

Gophers men's hockey beats Wisconsin to secure first-ever Big Ten win

by Nate Sandell
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Like it or not, Big Ten hockey is here, and the No. 1 Gophers got the inaugural year of conference play rolling on the right track.

Behind a pair of goals from Seth Ambroz, the Gophers (10-2-1) eased past rival Wisconsin, 4-1, Friday at Mariucci Arena in the first game of the weekend series.

Wisconsin jumped ahead first thanks to a first period goal by Joseph LaBate, but the Gophers took less than three minutes before evening the score with a goal off the power play from Mike Reilly. Minnesota capitalized on the momentum shift as Ambroz notched his first goal before the period was up, giving the Gophers a 2-1 lead at the break.

After a scoreless second, Connor Reilly scored midway through the third period, putting the lead further out of the Badgers' reach. It was the second time this season each Reilly brother has scored in the same game, according to

Wisconsin goalie Landon Peterson encountered an onslaught of shots from the Gophers, as they outshot the Badgers 45-25. Minnesota was 1-for-6 on the power play (Mike Reilly) and a perfect 5-for-5 killing penalties.

The Gophers conclude the first of two series with the Badger this season on Saturday (5 p.m. 1500 ESPN).

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