Robbie Beydoun made 35 saves as the No. 12 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team handed No. 1 Minnesota its first loss of the season, 3-1 on Saturday at LaBahn Arena. Linus Weissbach, Tarek Baker and Owen Lindmark scored for the Badgers, who defeated the Golden Gophers for a third straight time when Minnesota is ranked No. 1.
No. 3: Weissbach got the scoring started not long after he hit the post.
No. 2: Baker had a third-period goal and set up Weissbach's score.
No. 1: Beydoun made several big saves for the Badgers.
The Badgers and the Gophers close the series at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The first University of Wisconsin men's hockey game of 2021 is a big one: No. 1 Minnesota comes to LaBahn Arena with a 10-0 record to face the 12th-ranked Badgers.
The Gophers have already played since the holiday break, winning home games against Arizona State on Sunday and Monday. UW's last game was Dec. 4.
The Badgers have their full roster available for the first time since the opening series of the season Nov. 13-14, after which Dylan Holloway left for Canada's World Junior Championship camp. He's back with Cole Caufield from the tournament in Edmonton, which ended with Caufield and the U.S. defeating Canada in the gold medal game on Tuesday.
Badgers (5-5, 5-2-0-1 Big Ten)
Linus Weissbach - Ty Pelton-Byce - Cole Caufield
Roman Ahcan - Dylan Holloway - Brock Caufield
Dominick Mersch - Tarek Baker - Sam Stange
Jack Gorniak - Owen Lindmark - Mathieu De St. Phalle / Ryder Donovan
Tyler Inamoto - Ty Emberson
Jesper Peltonen - Anthony Kehrer
Josh Ess - Mike Vorlicky
Scratches: F Jason Dhooghe, D Shay Donovan, D Luke LaMaster, G Ben Garrity
Golden Gophers (10-0, 8-0 Big Ten)
Jonny Sorenson - Sammy Walker - Brannon McManus
Sampo Ranta - Scott Reedy - Mason Nevers
Blake McLaughlin - Ben Meyers - Bryce Brodzinski
Cullen Munson - Jaxon Nelson - Jack Perbix
Matt Staudacher - Jackson LaCombe
Ryan Johnson - Brock Faber
Ben Brinkman - Mike Koster