Saturday, January 21, 2017

Game Story: Gophers beat Wisconsin in OT, extend win streak to 7 (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

January 20, 2017 game story for the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minnesota 4
Wisconsin 3

MADISON, Wis. — The final scene of Minnesota’s 4-3 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Friday night saw Justin Kloos flip the puck past Badgers goaltender Jack Berry, try to stop, fail at stopping, and then collide with and knock over teammate Rem Pitlick.

It was the effort needed to put away the Badgers on the road in front of 12,589, in a game in which all four Gophers goals came from chances in front of the Wisconsin net.

Wisconsin twice rebounded to tie the score. Minnesota buckled down late, holding off late Badgers chances before Kloos, the Gophers captain, ended the game with his third career overtime goal 1:43 into the extra period.

“Leave it to our other guys, our captains. (Jake Bischoff) made a big block right at the buzzer. Sometimes those plays don’t even get noticed,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said. “Obviously Kloos making a play in overtime, a nice pass from Sheehy for the game-winner.”

The victory was Minnesota’s seventh straight, the longest winning streak for the program since a seven-game streak between Dec. 2, 2006, and Jan. 12, 2007.

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