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No. 5 Wisconsin men’s hockey knocks off St. Lawrence

The Badgers defeated the Saints at the Kohl Center.

No. 5 Wisconsin men’s hockey keeps rolling at home.

The Badgers (6–2–0 overall, 1–1–0 Big Ten) hosted St. Lawrence (0–7–0 overall, 0–0–0 ECAC) at the Kohl Center Friday, knocking off the holy visitors 4–2.

Senior forward Ryan Wagner got the scoring started just a minute into the game, breaking loose and slipping one past Saints goaltender Arthur Brey to put the Badgers up 1–0.

The Saints tied the game less than a minute later on a Callum Cusinato unassisted goal.

Wisconsin would take control in the second period, netting two power-play goals. Sophomore captain Trent Frederic put the Badgers up 2–1 early in the second, redirecting a Wyatt Kalynuk shot into the net.

Cusinato tied the game midway through the period before junior forward Seamus Malone nabbed a power-play goal to give the Badgers a lead they would not relinquish.

Freshman forward Tarek Baker would tack on one more goal in the third period to cap the the 4–2 win.

Graduate transfer goaltender Kyle Hayton stopped 17 shots against his former team for his fifth win of the season. On the year, Hayton has a 2.41 GAA and .906 SV%.

The Badgers are now ranked in the top 10 nationally in both offense (3.62 goals per game) and defense (2.12 goals allowed per game), the latter a marked improvement from last season.

Wisconsin and St. Lawrence face off again Saturday at the Kohl Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m.