The Badgers’ postseason dreams of winning back-to-back Big Ten tournament titles came to an abrupt and harsh end in the tournament’s first round this Sunday, in which underdog No. 7 seed Ohio State beat the favorite No. 2 seed Wisconsin at McClimon Sports complex. A two-goal lead for the Buckeyes in the first half proved sufficient to beat the Badgers, who were able to only find the back of the net once in the second half, despite a blitzkrieg of heartbreakingly close offensive attempts as the final minutes of the match quickly ticked away. Wisconsin (8-2-1 Big Ten, 11-6-3 overall) clocked in 22 shots over the course of the game to Ohio State’s (5-4-2, 11-5-3) 10 shots.
In a stunning end to what was a dominating eight-game win streak and miracle season turnaround, the Badgers fell to Northwestern in a heartbreaking double-overtime defeat at the at the McClimon Sports Complex Wednesday night. While having clinched a share of the Big Ten title last weekend with its victory on the road against a struggling Maryland, Wisconsin lost the distinction of being the only holder of the conference title. The Badgers (8-2-1 Big Ten, 10-5-3 overall) needed a win or a draw against the Wildcats (7-3-1, 13-4-2) to claim sole ownership of the Big Ten title.
The Badgers will once again go on the road this Saturday, taking on Maryland, following an exciting two-game homestand in which Wisconsin continued its winning streak.
Returning home, the Badgers will face off against Michigan and Michigan State this weekend, seeking win No. 6 and No. 7 to extend their five-game winning streak.
In their second weekend of conference play, the Badgers have the chance to extend their two-game Big Ten winning streak at home Friday against rival No. 11 Minnesota, currently undefeated in conference.
For their first Big Ten conference game on their home turf, the Badgers dominated Indiana 3-0, cheered on by a crowd of all ages.
Following a tough loss on the road against No. 4 Penn State Thursday, the Badgers fought their way to a scoreless tie against No. 20 Ohio State Sunday in their fourth double-overtime game of the season.