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.
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.
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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.
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, BigTenPlus.com, 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.
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