No. 7 Minnesota scored four goals in the second period to secure a 5-4 win against rival No. 14 Wisconsin in the opening game of the border battle, but the Badgers fought back in the second game, taking it 3-2.
The No. 7 Gophers play the Badgers this weekend in another Big Ten battle. The team will look to fare better on even-strength than it has in recent games.
The Gophers had the shot advantage in both games against the Fighting Irish, but they scored just two goals in the series and didn’t come out with a victory. Notre Dame, a new conference opponent, swept Minnesota with a 1-0 win Friday and 5-2 win Saturday.
Minnesota (5-7, 2-7 Big Ten) was shut out for the second consecutive game Saturday, as Wisconsin (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) rolled to the end of its unbeaten regular season by beating the Gophers 31-0 at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota will conclude its regular season at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, against its toughest opponent yet: Wisconsin. The Gophers face daunting odds to break No. 5 Wisconsin’s unbeaten record. The No. 5 Badgers is the highest ranked opponent for Minnesota yet, and it will be a challenge while fighting for a rivalry win, bowl eligibility and an upset on senior day.
Minnesota’s seniors are a unique group among college football. Not for their record, not for the team’s performance, but this class has seen three head coaches over the course of their career. The group of 16 seniors will play their final game at TCF Bank Stadium against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Forward Brent Gates Jr. hears the name junior a lot these days. His nickname is ‘Junior’, and now fitting enough, he is in his junior year at Minnesota. Gates Jr. is finding scoring success this season. He has scored four goals in his last eight games.
Head coach P.J. Fleck received a contract extension that will keep him at the University of Minnesota through the 2022 season, the team announced on Wednesday. The extension adds an additional year to what was agreed on for his first contract. He will be paid an extra $50,000 in the extended year. The original contract was five years, $18 million — roughly $3.6 million per year. This new deal will bring the total to over $20 million.
No. 5 Wisconsin (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) plays Minnesota (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) at TCF Bank Stadium in, potentially, the Gophers last game of the season.
With 277 rushing yards allowed, the Gophers lost yet another Big Ten game. Minnesota (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) had been a team characterized by its dynamic running attack and the defensive capabilities up front, but that wasn’t the case in their 39-0 loss to No. 23 Northwestern (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten), where both facets of the defense did not stop the Wildcats' offense.