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Wisconsin men's hockey: Badgers cap series with win over Lake Superior St.

UW took three of four points on a bounce-back weekend.

Joseph LaBate had a career-high three points in Wisconsin's 8-1 win.
Joseph LaBate had a career-high three points in Wisconsin's 8-1 win.
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Well the Wisconsin men's hockey team offense woke up in a big way Saturday and showed that it can be pretty scary when it wants to be

The Badgers (3-2-1) scored multiple goals in each period, including four in the third period, to secure a 8-1 win over Lake Superior St. (4-1-1).

"That's a nice way to end a weekend. I think that's what the doctor ordered for a lot of our guys," head coach Mike Eaves said. "It was a type of weekend I think our boys needed to get going and to realize some things. We can move forward from here now."

Seven different Badgers scored in the win, four of whom netted their first goals of the season (Mark Zengerle, Frankie Simonelli, Brad Navin, Chase Drake). The only player to score twice was Nic Kerdiles, who in doing so extended his point streak to 18 games -- just three away from Mike Eaves' all-time Badger record.

Junior forward Joseph LaBate scored one goal and added two assists, racking up a career-high three points on the night.

"It starts with the coaches," he said. "They put together drills that are going to help us get better. Every player goes back to their game and tries to work on it."

Outside of the first five minutes of Friday's game -- in which UW was gave up three goals-- Wisconsin outscored Lake St. 11-1 for the series to earn three points on the weekend and get back on track after a disasterous road trip to Boston two weeks ago.

Things got chippy between the two teams after the game became a blowout in the third period, with some fisticuffs being exchanged both ways. Lake St.'s Kevin Czuczman received a 10-minute misconduct and Badger's noted agitator Sean Little received a five-minute charging major.

Junior goaltender Landon Peterson earned his second win of the season after stopping 20 of the 21 shots that came his way.

"This is about as much as I've ever talked to a goalie while he's not playing well," Eaves said of how he dealt with Peterson's recent struggles. "And I said ‘this is a test of your perseverance and your resolve to clear your mechanism in your head and get back to the next puck.' And I thought he responded very well tonight."

The Badgers are off next weekend before they hit the road for a big series against No. 6 Miami, OH. (Nov. 15-16).

"We built off of what we did last night, once we got going last night," Simonelli said. "We had a couple weeks off, started off not the start we wanted last night, but the way we finished the game last night is the way we started tonight so that helped with the momentum."