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Updated: February 8th, 2014 2:47am
Gophers swept for first time in nearly two years in loss at Wisconsin

Gophers swept for first time in nearly two years in loss at Wisconsin

by Nate Sandell
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On Thursday, the Wisconsin Badgers handed the Gophers hockey team its first regulation loss in Big Ten play.

One night later, the top-ranked Gophers (19-4-5, 8-2-2-0 Big Ten) found themselves victim to their first series sweep of the season in a 2-1 loss in Madison.

Wisconsin's Grant Besse scored with 20 seconds remaining the first period to jump into the lead. Seth Ambroz tied the game for the Gophers in the second period, but No. 12 Wisconsin (16-8-2 overall, 6-4-1-0 Big Ten) scored early in the final frame, a goal Minnesota was unable to respond to.

It marked the first time since Feb. 10-11, 2012 that the Gophers have been swept in a two-game series.

The Gophers will be back home next weekend to host No. 10 Michigan.

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