MINNEAPOLIS — It has been 17 years since the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team was in first place this late in a season, and Saturday's game at Minnesota (7 p.m., FSW+, 1310 AM) will determine whether the Badgers will stay atop the standings.
The Badgers pulled into a tie with the Golden Gophers at 33 points with a 3-2 victory on Friday, but coach Tony Granato said afterward that his team would have to be better Saturday to have a shot at a sweep.
Saturday's victor will take the Big Ten lead into the regular season's final two weeks, and the teams are sending out largely the same lineups as they did Friday.
The only change is in the Badgers' net, where Matt Jurusik takes his regular Saturday turn in the rotation, replacing Jack Berry.
See the full lineups below the live blog.
Badgers (18-10-1, 11-4 Big Ten)
Matt Ustaski - Trent Frederic - Luke Kunin
Ryan Wagner - Jason Ford - Grant Besse
Matthew Freytag - Cameron Hughes - Will Johnson
Max Zimmer - Seamus Malone - Aidan Cavallini
Peter Tischke - Jake Linhart
JD Greenway - Tim Davison
Jake Bunz - Corbin McGuire
Golden Gophers (20-9-2, 11-4 Big Ten)
Rem Pitlick - Justin Kloos - Tyler Sheehy
Taylor Cammarata - Vinni Lettieri - Leon Bristedt
Brent Gates Jr. - Darian Romanko - Luke Notermann
Connor Reilly - Ryan Norman - Jack Ramsey
Jake Bischoff - Ryan Lindgren
Jack Sadek - Steve Johnson
Ryan Zuhlsdorf - Ryan Collins