With a sweep against Ohio State this weekend and a win last Saturday against Minnesota, the Badgers have now won three consecutive games against top ten ranked opponents. Wisconsin now sits tied atop the Big Ten standings with a 6-2 conference record.
Last week, we mentioned that three was the magic number in college hockey. Keep the opponent under three goals and your chances of winning exponentially increase. Well, that’s exactly what Wisconsin did this weekend with a 3-1 win Thursday night and a 3-2 overtime thriller at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
To put the quality of the Badgers’ defense in perspective, Ohio State had scored at least three goals in 18 of 22 games until this weekend, and no team had kept them under three goals twice. While overall team play deserves a lot of the credit, so do the performances of goalies Jack Berry and Matt Jurusik. After combining to hold Minnesota to seven goals in two games the week before, the duo decided to one-up themselves. If the goalies can continue to play at this high a level, the sky is the limit for this team.
This team feels like they are the better team every time they step on the ice. It appears as though the leadership of captain Luke Kunin, and the coaching of Tony Granato are the reason this program has turned around so quickly. Many expected a few years of recruiting before this team would be back in the national spotlight, but it appears as though the Badgers could be making an appearance back into the uscho.com top 20 as early as this week.