Gophers take down Minnesota State early

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.