Gophers take down Minnesota State early

Minnesota goes on the road and avenges its Friday night loss against Minnesota State.

The University of Minnesota hockey team didn't let Friday night's loss to Minnesota State stand for long.

After falling at home a day earlier, the Gophers traveled south Saturday to Mankato and beat the Mavericks, 4-1.

Top-ranked Minnesota went up 2-0 in the first period on goals by Justin Holl and Nate Schmidt. The Gophers then got a third-period goal from Zach Budish before Minnesota State scored for the first time at 12:59 of the third period. Erik Haula finished the scoring for Minnesota three and half minutes later.

Goalie Adam Wilcox improved to 17-3-4 on the season with 26 saves. for Minnesota, which was unbeaten in its last 10 games heading into Friday night's loss.

The Gophers improved to 18-4-4 overall and 10-4-4 in the WCHA. Minnesota State fell to 16-9-3 overall and 10-9-1 in the WCHA. Minnesota is in second place in the WCHA behind 12-5-1 St. Cloud State and will be off until visiting that school for a weekend series Feb. 8-9.