Badgers sweep OSU in shutout victory
Ten Badgers record points, Caufield records hat trick in 7-0 win
MADISON, Wis. — A hat trick by national scoring leader and Hobey Baker Award candidate Cole Caufield, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (17-8-1, 15-6-1 1-1-0 Big Ten) shutout the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-17-1, 6-16-0 0-2-0 Big Ten) by 7-0 score in its final home game of the season.
Caufield opened the scoring for the Badgers at 11:48 of the first period with his 20th goal of the season. On a feed from Ty Emberson and Linus Weissbach, Caufield’s initial shot was blocked by an OSU defensman, but he stuck with it to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead.
The Badgers kept OSU to just three shots in the first period.
Wisconsin doubled their lead 43 seconds into the second period with another goal from Cole Caufield, assisted by Weissbach and Ty Pelton-Byce. On a two-on-one, Weissbach fed Caufield for a one-timer that he fired past Ohio State goaltender Tommy Nappier.
At the 15:12 mark of the second period, Dylan Holloway added to the Badgers’ lead with his third goal in two games. Holloway dished to Brock Caufield, before going to the net for the return pass and finish.
Badgers captain Emberson finished off a connection with Brock Caufield and Roman Ahcan for his third goal of the season with just 32 seconds remaining in the second period to put his team up 4-0 heading into the final period.
Cole Caufield completed his hat trick with his third goal of the game 1:59 into the second period. Defensman Anthony Kehrer provided Holloway with a breakout pass as he rushed up the ice. Holloway fired the puck into the Buckeye’s zone and it bounced off the boards to Caufield on the goal line. He fired short-side and found room for the puck to trickle over the goal line past Nappier to put his team up by five.
Senior Ty Pelton-Byce scored back-to-back to add to the Badger’s tally at 12:18 of the third period assisted by Weissbach, then again on the power-play at 15:32 from Weissbach and Mathieu De St. Phalle.
Freshman goaltender Cameron Rowe had yet another spectacular performance in net, blocking all 21 shots he faced for his second career shutout.
Notes to know:
- Cole Caufield recorded his second hat trick of the season and third of his career. He’s the first Badger since Jason Zent in 1993 to record three career hat tricks.
- Six Badgers notched two or more points (C.Caufield, B.Caufield, Weissbach, Emberson, Holloway, Peloton-Byce)
- Cameron Rowe leads all freshmen goalie with a .939 save percentage
Next Up: The Badgers conclude their regular season Friday and Saturday March 5-6 when they head to East Lansing to face off with the Michigan State Spartans. Watch the live stream on Big Ten Network+ or follow along on Twitter at @BadgerMHockey and with live stats on UWBadgers.com.