The Badgers opened Big Ten conference play with a road trip to Ann Arbor this weekend.
After falling behind early-on by two goals in the first period, the Badgers roared back with a five-goal second period as they opened their Big Ten season with a 7-4 victory over Michigan.
Freshman Trent Frederic put the Badgers on the board with just under three minutes to play in the first period with a power play goal. However, the real offensive explosion came during the second period, when the Badgers and Wolverines traded goals until the Red and White were able to put up a stretch of three unanswered tallies to put the Badgers up 6-3 before the clock had even begun on the final frame.
The Wolverines would answer with a goal of their own in the third. However, Matthew Frietag would eventually ice the Badger victory by scoring an empty-netter.
When the dust settled, the Badgers had outshot the Wolverines 41-21 on their way to the win. This victory marked the first time the Badgers had beaten the Wolverines in nearly three years (Jan. 11, 2014).
3rd Star: Ryan Wagner (0G, 3A, +2), Wisconsin
2nd Star: Luke Kunin (2G, 0A, +/- 0), Wisconsin
1st Star: Will Johnson (2G, 0A, +1), Wisconsin
The Badgers found themselves in a similar scenario after the horn sounded to signal the end of the first period this Saturday in Ann Arbor. Falling behind 2-0 after the first, the Badgers were in need of a similar comeback effort as they put in the night before. However, they would fall short and eventually come out on the losing end of a 4-1 final score.
The two teams were scoreless half-way through the first when Michigan’s Alex Kile fired the opening salvo with a power-play goal 11:32 into the first. The Wolverines quickly added another as Cutler Martin snuck another one past freshman goaltender Jack Berry just a minute later.
The lone Badger goal of the night came on the power play late in the second period as Grant Besse slammed home his eighth of the season off of a rebound. Ryan Wagner and Luke Kunin were each credited with assists on the play.
Despite outshooting the Wolverines 35-19, the Badgers were unable to shake off their slow start. The Wolverines would add a pair of empty-netters to eventually render the weekend series a split.
3rd Star: Grant Besse (1G, 0A, -1), Wisconsin
2nd Star: Cutler Martin (1G, 0A, +2), Michigan
1st Star: Hayden Lavigne (W, 1 GA, 34 SV), Michigan