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Johnson's late goal lifts Badgers to 4-4 tie at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Patrick Johnson's late third-period goal helped Wisconsin salvage a 4-4 overtime tie against Minnesota on Saturday. Johnson intercepted a clearing attempt and scored his eighth collegiate goal as the Badgers (14-13-7, 10-11-5 ...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Patrick Johnson's late third-period goal helped Wisconsin salvage a 4-4 overtime tie against Minnesota on Saturday.

Johnson intercepted a clearing attempt and scored his eighth collegiate goal as the Badgers (14-13-7, 10-11-5 WCHA) managed to get one point from their weekend series with the Gophers, who won Friday's game 4-2.

''At this time of year it's about getting points, and that's a good point,'' Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. ''That's a point that could make a difference for us down the road.''

Jay Barriball had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (13-13-8, 7-11-6), which got 37 saves from goaltender Alex Kangas.

Barriball scored for just the fifth time this season in the third period, giving Minnesota a short-lived 4-3 lead.

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''I'm not sure you're going to make a goaltenders' highlight reel out of this game, but the good thing for us is that a month ago if our goaltender was a little bit off, we'd have had no chance to win because we weren't scoring any goals,'' Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. ''Tonight we were able to score some.''

John Mitchell, Michael Davies and Podge Turnbull also scored for the Badgers, who are fighting to stay in the upper half of the WCHA standings.

''It's definitely the time to get on a winning streak, not a losing streak, and every point counts,'' said Johnson after his team rallied from behind four times in the game.

''You throw it on net, you never know what will happen. That's every game, but especially this game the way pucks were bouncing.''

Minnesota took the game's first lead when a harmless-looking wrist shot by Patrick White eluded the glove of Badgers goaltender Shane Connelly, who finished with 28 saves. It was the second goal in as many games for White.

The Badgers tied the game on a similar play as John Mitchell's wrist shot from the far board hit Alex Kangas' glove and fluttered into the net. But the tie was short-lived as Evan Kaufmann's long-range blast less than two minutes later gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead after the first period.

Wisconsin had a two-man advantage for the first 80 seconds of the middle period and tied the game when Davies score his 10th goal of the season. The teams traded goals later in the second, with Ben Gordon scoring on a power play for Minnesota, and Turnbull returning the favor for Wisconsin.

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