Mathieu De St. Phalle had a goal and two assists and the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team scored three times on just five shots in the first period to end a six-game losing streak with a victory of 5-3 against Notre Dame No. 11 on Saturday at the Kohl Center.
Ryder Donovan scored his second goal of the season and Anthony Kehrer scored his first in 61 UW games less than a minute apart late in the first period, just after Notre Dame’s Ryder Rolston forced a tie .
Josh Ess, one of nine seniors honored heading into the penultimate home game of the regular season, also scored his first goal of the campaign, giving UW a 4-1 second lead.
No. 3: Carson Bantle had two assists and two penalties.
No. 2: Jared Moe stopped 18 of 19 shots he faced in the first period to keep UW in the game. He finished with 38 saves.
No. 1: De St. Phalle recorded his first three-point game for the Badgers.
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UW’s Donovan scored just 23 seconds after Notre Dame forced a 1-1 draw in the final two minutes of the first period. He put home the rebound from Liam Malmquist’s shot.
Kehrer scored his first collegiate goal in his 61st game, shooting into the top right corner of the left circle to give the Badgers a 3-1 lead with 42.5 seconds left in the first. It was only UW’s fifth shot on goal.
Moe made his 18th save of the first period in the dying seconds, denying Landon Slaggert’s breakaway try, but the Irish striker drew a hook penalty on UW’s Corson Ceulemans. Notre Dame’s Max Ellis hit the crossbar on a breakaway just over a minute earlier. The Badgers killed the penalty in the second half.
The Badgers and Fighting Irish close the series at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kohl Center.
Two days later than originally scheduled due to COVID-19 quarantine absences with the home team, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens a Big Ten series against No. 11 Notre Dame at the Kohl Center on Saturday. (8:30 p.m., no TV, BigTenPlus.com, 1:10 p.m.).
Here are five pre-game notes and the lines:
Party : The Badgers honor nine seniors ahead of the game, the penultimate home game of the season. Fifth-year players Tarek Baker, Josh Ess, Max Johnson (four years at Bowling Green) and Tyler Inamoto will join fourth-year seniors Roman Ahcan, Brock Caufield, Jack Gorniak, Dominick Mersch and Jesper Peltonen in the squad.
Missing: The Badgers had more than half of their roster without practice for at least part of the week due to quarantines, injuries or long-term illnesses. Baker, Inamoto and Daniel Laatsch are out; Owen Lindmark, Mike Vorlicky and Jake Martin are long-term absentees. forwards Johnson, Brayden Morrison, Mathieu De St. Phalle, Ryder Donovan and Caden Brown; defenders Corson Ceulemans and Ess; and goaltenders Jared Moe and Ben Garrity did not practice Tuesday through Friday due to quarantines.
First: Ahcan leads current UW players with seven goals and nine points in 14 career games against Notre Dame.
Streaks: The Badgers have lost six in a row. Their last slippage longer than that was at the start of the 2014-15 0-8 season.
Road: Notre Dame, which is locked in the Big Ten’s top four and entered Saturday 13th in the PairWise rankings, is 7-3 on the road this season.
Badgers (8-19-3, 4-12-1-3 Big Ten)
Carson Bantle – Brock Caufield – Mathieu De St. Phalle
Jack Gorniak – Ryder Donovan – Liam Malmquist
Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Max Johnson
Brayden Morrison/Zach Urdahl-Caden Brown-Sam Stange
Josh Ess – Corson Ceulemans
Jesper Peltonen – Anthony Kehrer
Luke LaMaster – Shay Donovan
Grooves : F Owen Lindmark (injury), F Tarek Baker (injury), D Tyler Inamoto (injury), D Daniel Laatsch (injury), D Mike Vorlicky (injury), D Jake Martin (illness).
Irish Fighter (20-8-0, 7-5-5-1 Big Ten)
Jesse Lansdell – Jake Pivonka – Max Ellis
Landon Slaggert – Graham Slaggert – Trevor Janicke
Solag Bakich – Cam Burke – Ryder Rolston
Grant Silianoff – Hunter Strand – Jack Adams
Spencer Stastney – Zach Plucinski
Adam Karashik – Jake Boltman
Charlie Raith – Ryan Helliwell
Referees: Joseph Carusone and Kevin Corbett.
Linesmen: Nick Bradshaw and Sam Shikowski.
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