Hockey: Gophers Lose To Wisconsin, Wild Earn A Win

Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 6:51 am

We’ll start with college hockey where the Wisconsin Badgers scored three times in the second period and held on to beat second-ranked Minnesota 3-2 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

Sean Little capped a flurry of goals with the game-winner at 16:22 of the second period for the Badgers (13-10-7, 10-7-7), who spoiled the Gophers’ first outdoor game. Wisconsin is now 3-0-0 in games played outdoors.

Minnesota coach Don Lucia didn’t like the condition of the ice outdoors and also said his team got away from the things they should have been doing in the game. Lucia noted that the Badgers adjusted to the less-than-ideal ice conditions better than his team did saying the game wasn’t a skill game.

All three Wisconsin goals came on rebounds and deflections.

The Minnesota Wild were also in action on Sunday, earning a much needed win. Dany Heatley, Jason Zucker and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period to rally Minnesota over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday night.

It was Minnesota’s first regulation win since Jan. 29 and just the second time it scored at least three goals in regulation over the last nine games.

Zucker was called up on Saturday to try and spark the Wild’s offense. The 2010 second-round pick showed off his speed and made a slick move on his unassisted goal. The offense was appreciated by Wild fans.

The Wild made another move over the weekend when they placed Josh Harding on injured reserve. The move came four days after Harding sat out a game because he did not feel right as he attempted to deal with new medication he was taking to battle multiple sclerosis.

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