Seniors end season with a bang

Posted: March 5, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CT
Updated: March 7, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CT

MINNEAPOLIS — Seniors Tony Lucia and Mike Carman each scored twice as the Gophers whipped No. 3 Wisconsin 6-1 on Sunday, earning Minnesota a split of the weekend series.

Minnesota (17-17-2 overall, 12-14-2 in WCHA play) scored five power-play goals in its final home game of the season. The Gophers finished in seventh place and will open the WCHA playoffs at fourth-place North Dakota on Friday.

The Badgers (22-9-4, 17-8-3) saw a four-game winning streak snapped. They will host Minnesota State-Mankato in the a first-round playoff series this weekend.

Friday: Wisconsin 3, Minnesota 2
Craig Smith scored his second goal of the game with 4:12 remaining to help Wisconsin past Minnesota Friday night at Target Center.

The Badgers scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but Nick Larson’s tip-in of a Kevin Wehrs shot tied the game for Minnesota early in the third period.

The game was played before 14,422 fans in the first hockey game at Target Center since the 2000 WCHA Final Five.