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Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan hockey recap: Wildcats complete sweep of Badgers

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The Badgers fell to 0-4 after dropping the series finale to Northern Michigan. Wisconsin has netted just three goals in four games to start the year.

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In its worst start since the 2008-09 season, the Wisconsin men's hockey team has quickly fallen to 0-4.

After losing Friday's contest 2-0, the Badgers didn't have much of an answer for NMU on Saturday, dropping the series finale to the Wildcats, 4-1.

In front of an announced crowd of 4,559 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin was able to out-shoot Northern Michigan by a 25-18 margin, but once again struggled to put the puck in the back of the net. One major reason for the ineptitude on offense has been the lack of chances generated by a power play that has gone a staggering 0-18 to start the season.

Northern Michigan got out to a two goal lead and added an empty netter before Wisconsin was able to even dent the scoresheet on a goal by senior Brad Navin late in the third period. The goal was just the Badgers' third of the season in a total of 12 periods of hockey.

Wisconsin will have plenty of practice time before its next contest, as the Badgers have two weeks off before North Dakota comes to Madison for the home opener at the Kohl Center Nov. 7 and 8.

Scoring

First Period

1-0, Northern Michigan (7:41) PP: Darren Nowick (John Siemer, Sami Salminen)

Second Period

2-0, Northern Michigan (2:08): Ryan Trenz (Dominik Shine, Shane Sooth)

Third Period

3-0, Northern Michigan (18:10) EN: Shine (Sooth)

3-1, Wisconsin (18:27): Brad Navin (Chase Drake, Ryan Wagner)

4-1, Northern Michigan (19:49): Ryan Kesti (Un.)

3 stars of the game

1. Darren Nowick (Northern Michigan)

2. Mathias Dahlstrom (Northern Michigan)

3. Dominik Shine (Northern Michigan)

Post-game video

Tweet of the game

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