To hold out hope of winning the Big Ten regular season title, the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (17-8-1 overall, 15-6-1 1-1-0 Big Ten) needed to sweep the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-17-1 overall, 6-16-0 0-2-0 Big Ten) this past weekend. Well, after earning an overtime win on Friday night the Badgers came out on Saturday and absolutely steamrolled the hapless Buckeyes, 7-0, to get the very sweep they needed.
Lots of Top Plays from tonight— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 28, 2021
If you go by overall points, the Badgers ARE in first place in the Big Ten with 46, compared to Minnesota’s 45, but the way the conference will be decided this year is by point percentage since teams won’t all be playing the same amount of games. The Gophers (20 games played) have a point percentage of .750 while Wisconsin (22 games played) have .697, meaning the Gophers would win the conference if the season ended this week.
The Gophers, who didn’t play this weekend against Penn State due to COVID concerns, host Michigan, whom they have already swept, on the last weekend of the season while the Badgers travel to East Lansing, Mich. to play the last place Michigan State Spartans.
Here's where teams can finish in the B1G standings by winning percentage if none of the postponed games are rescheduled:— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) February 28, 2021
Notre Dame 3rd/4th/5th
Penn State 3rd/4th/5th
Michigan State 6th/7th
Ohio State 6th/7th
If Wisconsin can sweep MSU, which they’ve already done this year, and Michigan can beat Minnesota once then the Badgers will win the Big Ten. So...that’s the setup for next weekend! Let’s talk about the Buckeyes series though, because it was a lot of fun.
On Friday, the top power play in the nation (30.8 percent (24-for-78) took center stage. Dylan Holloway scored both goals in the 2-1 overtime win, both with the man advantage and both assisted by Cole Caufield and Linus Weissbach. They were Holloway’s ninth and tenth goals of the season while Caufield and Weissbach each had 20 assists on the season after the first game of the series.
Robbie Beydoun had 30 saves and is now 9-7-0 on the year.
️: Hold on to your hats, Cole Caufield notched the hatty— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) February 27, 2021
: Holloway, Kehrer pic.twitter.com/uHGnEtQEgl
Saturday night was a rout and basically turned into shooting practice for UW. Hobey Baker finalist Cole Caufield recorded a hat trick (his second of the season and third of his career), Weissbach had four assists, Ty Pelton-Byce had two goals and an assist, Holloway and Ty Emberson each had a goal and an assist, while Brock Caufield had a pair of assists.
Freshman goalie Cameron Rowe pitched a shutout, stopping all 21 Buckeyes shots, and moved to 8-1-1 on the season. Rowe leads all freshmen goalie with a .939 save percentage.
The #Badgers men's hockey team went 12-3-1 across January and February. Only two seasons in team history have had a better record in the months:— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) February 28, 2021
It was certainly an excellent Senior Night for UW’s six-man senior class: Linus Weissbach, Ty Pelton-Byce, Tarek Baker, Jason Dhooghe, Josh Ess and Robbie Beydoun. The Badgers conclude their regular season Friday and Saturday March 5-6 when they head to East Lansing to face off with the Michigan State Spartans. Watch the live stream on Big Ten Network+.