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Friday, December 02, 2022

Men's Hockey


Road Reversal: After years of success away from home, Badgers struggling to find results this season

At the start of head coach Tony Granato’s tenure, Wisconsin went into opposing teams’ buildings and played like they had slept the night in their own beds.  The Badgers went 14-13-1 away from Madison in the first two years under Granato — better than their 15-18-4 record in the Kohl Center — despite traveling to some of the toughest road environments in college hockey.

Without the services of star freshman defenseman K'Andre Miller, Wisconsin's defense will have to step up against the Fighting Irish.

Wisconsin looking to avoid home letdown against Michigan State

In the two-plus seasons since head coach Tony Granato took the program’s reins, Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team has been defined as much by the depth of its lows as by the height of its highs. The Badgers have claimed a win over the country’s top team and suffered an embarrassing home loss against one of the worst. Last season, they were the only team in the Big Ten to beat all six of the conference’s other teams, but also suffered a loss against all six as well.

Sophomore defenseman Josh Ess scored the game-winning goal in the third period after Wisconsin's defense kept it in the game during a penalty kill.

Defense holds strong as Wisconsin comes back to beat Minnesota 3-1

According to the official record, Saturday night’s game winner came 10 minutes and 20 seconds into the third period, when sophomore defenseman Josh Ess ripped a shot from the left point over Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn’s shoulder to put Wisconsin up 2-1. Ess’s shot was nearly perfect, and it did provide the the winning margin, but the real game-changing moment came 40 minutes earlier, when the Badgers bounced back from an early goal on a five-minute penalty kill and locked down the Minnesota offense.

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