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Friday, December 08, 2023

Men's Hockey

Junior goaltender Jack Berry produced one of his best performances of the season in his first action in over a month, but it wasn't enough for the Badgers to come out with a win against Denver.

Freshmen lead the way as new-look Wisconsin takes down No. 10 Boston College 3-0 in season opener

Nearly two years ago to the day, head coach Tony Granato made his home coaching debut against a top-10 Boston College team and left with a statement win. The same script played out again Friday night as an unranked Badger squad (0-0-0 Big Ten, 1-0-0 overall) welcomed the No. 10 Eagles (0-0-0 Hockey East, 0-1-0 overall) to the Kohl Center and captured a 3-0 upset.

Senior captain Cameron Hughes and the Badgers lost two four-goal contests against Ohio State in Columbus.

UW dominated by Ohio State in final regular season series

With an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament out of the picture, and little chance of capturing home-ice advantage for the first round of the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team entered Columbus for its final series of the regular season looking to recapture some momentum after a deflating home finale. After a pair of four-goal beatdowns at the hands of No. 6 Ohio State (14-8-2 Big Ten, 21-8-5 overall), the Badgers (14-17-4, 8-13-3) have acquired plenty of momentum — that of a stone dropped from a cliff, rather than a team surging into the postseason. Wisconsin started the weekend off strong, and took it to the heavily-favored Buckeyes for the first 40 minutes of Friday’s game.

Max Zimmer tied the game and forced overtime off a rocket of a shot late in the third period.

UW earns emotional two points in comeback against Penn State

It wasn’t a win, but you couldn’t have told that from the reaction of Wisconsin’s bench as they streamed onto the ice. The emotional outpouring, from Jack Berry’s exuberant sliding fist pump to Peter Tischke’s elated hugs, wasn’t about the extra point in the conference standings that the Badgers had just earned as much as the expression of a team that has finally found its confidence after months of underperforming expectations.

Seamus Malone tallied the opening goal against Michigan Tech, but it wasn't enough as the Badgers allowed too many penalties, and goals, to give themselves a chance at the win.

Consistency, depth lifts Wisconsin to 4-2 victory over Penn State

For the majority of Wisconsin’s games this season, the story has been this: UW played well, but it still couldn’t win. With only a few series to go and No. 18 UW (7-8-2 Big Ten, 13-12-3 overall) sitting outside the top-16, close losses and moral victories are no longer enough for the Badgers. And while No. 14 Penn State (6-8-3-2, 13-11-3) led Wisconsin for the majority of the night, and the story of UW’s season looked like it was destined to repeat itself, the Badgers found a way to rewrite the script and come from behind in a thrilling 4-2 victory.

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