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Badgers drop home finale to Minnesota

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The No. 17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team closed out its home regular season slate on a sour note, falling 7-1 to No. 12 Minnesota on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1-1 Big Ten) surged to a 3-0 lead by the 15:38 mark of the first period, prompting Wisconsin (14-15-4-8-11-3-1 Big Ten) to bring in senior goaltender Kyle Hayton in relief of sophomore Jack Berry. Berry finished the night with six saves, moving to 5-5-1 on the season.

Sophomore Trent Frederic put Wisconsin on the board in the final minutes of the frame, tallying Wisconsin’s lone goal at 18:47 off a feed through the slot from senior Cameron Hughes.

The momentum didn’t shift for the Badgers, though, as Minnesota regained the three-goal lead 1:44 into the second on a score from Rem Pitlick. Pitlick added his second of the period at 18:36, helping the Gophers to a 5-1 advantage.

Minnesota added to the lead in the third, tallying two goals for a 7-1 victory.

Hayton made 23 saves in the relief effort.

Wisconsin has a bye week before traveling to Ohio State for the final series of the regular season. Both games of the Feb. 23-24 series are a 6 p.m. CT puck drop.

--Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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