Wisconsin men’s hockey falls to No. 1 Minnesota

Members from two of the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey NCAA title teams are in town for weekend festivities.

The 1973 Badgers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s first championship and the 1983 squad is doing the same after 40 years. 

The current team, however, couldn’t treat them to a victory Friday night.

Top-ranked Minnesota scored the first four goals of the series opener and defeated UW 4-1 in a Big Ten Conference game at the Kohl Center.

UW, which went 0-for-4 on the power play, will finish in last place for the fourth time in 10 seasons of Big Ten men’s hockey.

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Graduate forward Brock Caufield had the lone goal for the Badgers (10-18-0, 3-16-0 Big Ten), converting off an assist from junior forward Sam Stange at 1:31 of the third period.

Senior forward Bryce Brodzinski, a 2019 draft choice of the Philadelphia Flyers, scored the final two goals for league-leading Minnesota (21-7-1, 15-3-1).

Logan Cooley scored his 14th goal of the season to get the scoring started at 15:57 of the first period. Cooley was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft by the Arizona Coyotes and the first American-born player off the board.

Fellow freshman winger Jimmy Snuggerud, drafted No. 22 overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2022, assisted on Cooley’s goal and his conversion in the second period was his 17th of the year.

Ryan Johnson had two assists as the Golden Gophers won their third straight game.

The teams conclude the season series at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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