Badgers 3, Spartans 2: Three stars and three key plays in Wisconsin men’s hockey win over Michigan State | University

Brock Caufield and Mathieu De St. Phalle scored power-play goals in the third period as the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team turned a deficit into a 3-2 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at the Kohl Center .

They scored after Michigan State’s Kyle Haskins was ejected for head contact on a hit against UW’s Dominick Mersch.

The Badgers completed a Big Ten series sweep over the Spartans and passed them in fifth place.

Wisconsin State Journal hockey reporter Todd D. Milewski wraps up the Badgers’ 3-2 win over Michigan State, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at the Kohl Center.

Three stars

No. 3: Brock Caufield’s power play goal tied the game in the third period.

No. 2: Carson Bantle assisted on both power-play goals in the third period.

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No. 1: De St. Phalle’s third goal of the series secured a sweep for the Badgers.

Three key games

UW’s Roman Ahcan was ejected 3:31 into the game for a head contact on a hit against Michigan State’s Jagger Joshua on a Badgers power play. UW killed 3:34 of the major power play, with Jared Moe making four saves.

Cole Krygier rebounded an Erik Middendorf shot to give Michigan State a 2-1 lead with 4:39 left in the second period. It was the second time the Spartans had scored seconds after an offensive zone win.

De St. Phalle gave the Badgers a 3-2 lead in the third period on their second power-play goal of a major penalty against Michigan State’s Haskins. He followed up Caufield’s draw with a shot from the high slot with 10:56 to go.


The Badgers take on Penn State at State College, Pennsylvania at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

University of Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Tony Granato meets the media ahead of the Badgers’ series against Michigan State at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday.


The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is aiming for its first three-game unbeaten streak of the season when it takes on Michigan State on Saturday at the Kohl Center (8:04 p.m., Bally Sports Wisconsin,, 1:10 p.m.). Here are five pregame notes and lines.

Rewind: The Badgers won Game 1 of the series 5-2 on Friday. It was the biggest goal production of the season and the three goals UW scored in the first period was the first time it had more than one.

Reach five: Friday’s game ended a 27-game streak without the Badgers scoring at least five goals since last season. It was the second-longest in the team’s 59-year modern era, trailing only a 29-game streak that ended March 1, 2003, with a 9-5 win over Michigan Tech at Ashwaubenon.

Try to sweep: The Badgers have won four straight home games against the Spartans and are 15-5 in their last 20 home games in the series between the teams. A UW victory would bring Michigan State its fifth home sweep in nine seasons of Big Ten play.

In the standings: Michigan State has a one-point lead over UW for fifth place in the Big Ten, 14-13.

Power multiplied by two: UW scored twice on the power play Friday. It was the third time this season the Badgers had scored multiple power-play goals in the same game, all in the last seven games.

Badgers (7-13-3, 3-7-1-2 Big Ten)

Jack Gorniak – Brock Caufield – Zach Urdahl

Carson Bantle – Tarek Baker – Mathieu De St. Phalle

Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Max Johnson

Caden Brown / Liam Malmquist – Ryder Donovan – Sam Stange

Jesper Peltonen – Josh Ess

Tyler Inamoto – Corson Ceulemans

Daniel Laatsch – Anthony Kehrer

Grooves : F Brayden Morrison, F Owen Lindmark (injured), D Luke LaMaster, D Shay Donovan, D Mike Vorlicky (injured), D Jake Martin (ill).

Spartans (11-11-1, 4-8-1-0 Big Ten)

Erik Middendorf-Jesse Tucker-Jeremy Davidson

Jagger Joshua – Kristof Papp – Josh Nodler

AJ Hodges – Nicolas Muller – Tanner Kelly

Adam Goodsir-Mitchell Mattson-Kyle Haskins

Christian Krygier – Dennis Cesana

Cole Krygier – Nash Nienhuis

David Gucciardi – Aiden Gallacher


Referees: Brian Aaron and Tony Czech.

Linesmen: Chad Roethlisberger and Johnathan Morrison.

Catherine J. Martinez