MADISON, Wisc. -- After falling out of the top 25 rankings this week, the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team notched a desperately-needed 7-5 win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday night.

The game looked like another clunker before Minnesota erupted for four goals in under three minutes in the second period.

The Badgers led 3-1 before Minnesota's Vinni Lettieri began the scoring barrage with a goal at the 11:00 mark in the middle period. Jake Bischoff tied the game at 3-3 with a goal one minute later.

Seth Ambroz followed that up with his second goal of the game and Leon Bristedt scored 13 seconds later to give the Gophers a 5-3 lead at the 12:40 mark in the period.

Even after the scoring eruption, the game seemed in doubt as the Badgers scored in the final minute of the period to cut the lead to 5-4.

But third period goals by Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching iced the game for the Gophers.

With the win, the Gophers improve to 12-9-2 on the season and will look to beat Wisconsin again tonight in Madison.