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McManus, Brodzinski each score twice for the Gophers in 6-2 win

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February 01, 2020 - 6:33 am
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The Gophers erased an early 2-1 deficit with five straight goals to beat Wisconsin 6-2 Friday night to open a two-game men's hockey border battle series in Madison.

Brannon McManus and Bryce Brodzinski each scored twice to help the Gophers to their fourth straight win.

Minnesota (11-10-4, 6-5-4-3 Big Ten) also has won six of its last seven, while the Badgers have lost three of five.

The game turned late in the second period, with the Badgers clinging to a one-goal lead on a power-play goal by Ty Pelton-Byce.

McManus tied the score, followed by a go-ahead goal from Edina's Sammy Walker.

A score by Brodzinski, who's from Blaine, made it three Minnesota goals in a span of 4:41, and what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.

"We were opportunistic tonight," said Gopher coach Bob Motzko. "Every once and a while you have to have a game where your skill guys make some plays and build a lead for you. We'll take the win for sure."

Jared Moe of New Prague replaced Jack LaFontaine in goal for Minnesota in the second period and stopped all 18 shots he faced to get credit for the win.

It was the first college multi-point games for both McManus and Brodzinski.

Jonny Sorenson of St. Louis Park opened the scoring for the Gophers early in the first period.

Eight minutes later, Tarek Baker tied the score for the Badgers (10-14-1, 5-11-1-1).

The Gophers are now 8-2-1 in the last 11 games against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.

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