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Hockey Hangover: Badgers take care of business in openening night win

The Badgers dismantled Northern Michigan, 5-2, in the season opener at the Kohl Center Friday night.

Freshman Grant Besse notched his first goal as a Badger in the season opener Friday night.
Freshman Grant Besse notched his first goal as a Badger in the season opener Friday night.
Larry Radloff Photography

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: Badgers start fast, leave Northern Michigan behind, 5-2, to open season

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:

Michigan 3, Boston College 1 (Thursday)

Miami 6, Ohio State 2

Penn State 4, Army 1

Minnesota 6, Mercyhurst 1

Other notable games:

No. 1 UMass-Lowell 1, Sacred Heart 2

Bentley 6, Nebraska Omaha 4

North Dakota 5, Vermont 3

Minnesota Duluth 2, Michigan Tech 1

St. Cloud State 3, Bemidji State 2

Video:

Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle

Northern Michigan forward Stephan Vigier and defenseman C.J. Ludwig