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Badgers take back Columbus in series finale

UW nets key 3-1 win over Ohio State

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With two power-play goals, Wisconsin men’s hockey (5-5-0, 5-3-0-0-1-0 Big Ten) came back strong Friday evening defending their first period lead over the Buckeyes (2-4-0, 1-4-0-0-1-0 Big Ten) for a 3-1 series finish in Columbus.

 

Sophomore Cole Caufield put Wisconsin on the board first with a seeing-eye wrist shot from just inside the blue line at 14:18 in the first. Juniors Jesper Peltonen and Jack Gorniak helped set up the play.

Ohio State tied it up halfway through the second, but not for long thanks to junior Brock Caufield.

 

With 6:41 to go in the second, Cole Caufield and Gorniak teed up Brock Caufield for a one-timer from the slot.

 

Gorniak took his turn on the power play in the third for the Badgers, finishing off a tic-tac-toe pass play with 13:47 left for a 3-1 final.

 

Notes to know: 

 

  • Freshman netminder Cameron Rowe had a stellar first full career start, making 40 saves for a .976 save percentage and his first career victory.
  • Fellow Montreal Canadiens’ draft picks Cole Caufield and Jack Gorniak each had three-point nights with a goal, primary and second assist.
  • UW notched two power-play goals tonight for the first time this season thanks to Brock Caufield and Gorniak. They’ve scored at least one power-play goal in seven of 10 games.

 

Next up: UW heads to East Lansing, Michigan, to close out its first half with games at Michigan State on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8-9. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, while Wednesday’s game starts at 3 p.m. CT. Watch the series live on Big Ten Network or listen in on the Badgers Sports Network.