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 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
Drew De Ridder
Referees: Brian Aaron and Tony Czech.
Linesmen: Chad Roethlisberger and Johnathan Morrison.
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