After being swept at home last week by No. 9 Penn State, Wisconsin (16-10-1 overall, 9-4-0-0 Big Ten) looked to bounce back Friday against a Michigan squad that has only managed two Big Ten regulation wins all season.
The No. 20 Badgers did just that, beating the Wolverines 5-2 at the Kohl Center.
Freshman Trent Frederic got the scoring started, poaching a rebound for a wide-open tap-in from just outside the crease at 10:53 in the first.
Here is Frederic's 11th of the campaign to put the Badgers up by one. pic.twitter.com/RwBtJCOxJ6— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 18, 2017
Wisconsin’s seventh-ranked penalty kill gave up a rare power-play goal when Michigan’s Cooper Marody tied the game less than a minute into the second period. Cameron Hughes put the Badgers back up midway through the frame after a beautiful exchange with Luke Kunin up the side that split a pair of Wolverine defenders.
Here is Hughes' goal that extends his point-scoring streak to 11 games. pic.twitter.com/NOjvBDU4oq— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 18, 2017
Michigan once again tied it midway through the third period off a goal by Evan Allen. After that, it was all Wisconsin.
Frederic got his second of the game off of a lovely assist by Kunin that made its way through three Michigan defenders for the game-winner.
Kunin somehow finds Frederic in front of the net for the goal. That's Trent's 12th goal of the year and Kunin's 11th helper of the season. pic.twitter.com/zilg4WVSp4— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 18, 2017
Jared Zirbel put the Badgers up 4-2 off of a no-look drop pass from Aidan Cavallini from nearly behind the Wolverines’ net.
Here is Zirbel's tally that put the Badgers up 4-2 late in the third period. pic.twitter.com/soAQiA5ly2— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 18, 2017
Seamus Malone finished off the scoring with twI minutes left, fighting one past Wolverines goaltender Jack LaFontaine to cap the 5-2 win.
And Malone's goal that put UW up by three. pic.twitter.com/9Arm0xHSUY— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 18, 2017
Freshman goaltender Jack Berry bounced back from a rough loss last week against Penn State, making 25 saves in the win. Kunin and Corbin McGuire both finished with two assists.
With the win, Wisconsin maintains second place in the Big Ten, three points back of league leader Minnesota and five points ahead of Penn State, who lost at home against the Gophers on Friday.
The Badgers and Wolverines finish their season series on Saturday at the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.