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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.

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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


Jared Moe

Cameron Rowe

Ben Garry

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

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.

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

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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

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Referees: Brian Aaron and Tony Czech.

Linesmen: Chad Roethlisberger and Johnathan Morrison.

Catherine J. Martinez