Sheehy scores 2, lifts Gophers to 4-2 win over Wisconsin

A few weeks after rattling off their fifth straight conference loss, the Gophers are building a little momentum in the Big Ten.

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No. 12 Minnesota won a back-and-forth border battle with No. 17 Wisconsin, edging the Badgers 4-2 Friday night in Madison to pick up their fourth conference win in five games.

The Badgers out-shot the Gophers 40-39, while both teams struggled on the power play, going 0-for-4. Mat Robson got the start in goal, making a career-high 38 saves.

Tyler Sheehy scored the game-winner at 15:12 of the third period, before Darian Romanko scored an empty-netter to end it at 18:23 after nearly 60 minutes of back-and-forth action.

Matthew Freytag got the Badgers on the board first at 12:45 of the first, scoring on a delayed penalty, but the Gophers answered less than two minutes into the second.

Sheehy scored his first go-ahead goal just 39 seconds into the third period, but Wisconsin’s Matt Ustaski tied it up again just over a minute later.

It’s a significant win for the Gophers, who swept Michigan State before splitting with Notre Dame in late January, but remain just 8-10-1 in conference play this season.