Five goals from five different players was the difference Friday night, as third-ranked Wisconsin (1-0) toppled Northern Michigan (0-1) at the Kohl Center in Madison.
After receiving first period goals from Joseph LaBate, Jake McCabe and Michael Mersch, the Badgers cruised to the 5-2 win. Wisconsin would later receive tallies from Tyler Barnes and freshman Grant Besse.
Around the web:
UWBadgers.com: Mike Eaves post game (video)
UWBadgers.com: Jake McCabe, Mark Zengerle, Nic Kerdiles post game (video)
UWBadgers.com: Post game quotes (Eaves, McCabe, Zengerle, Kerdiles)
NMUWildcats.com: Hockey Falls in Season Opener at No. 3 Wisconsin
Bucky's 5th Quarter: Badgers flex muscles in 5-2 win over Northern Michigan
Wisconsin State Journal: Three-goal first period sparks season-opening win for UW
Marquette Mining Journal: Wildcats routed by Wisconsin Badgers 5-2 in season opener
Wisconsin 247: Fast start keys opening
Mad Town Badgers: Badgers hockey wins season opener 5-2, but has plenty to correct too
CollegeHockeyStats.net: BOX SCORE
Big Ten scores:
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Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle