MADISON, Wis. — The No. 6 Badger men’s hockey team (3-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) dropped their first home game of the season in a 4-0 loss to the No. 13 Clarkson Golden Knights (3-1-1, 0-0-0 ECAC) on Friday at the Kohl Center.
Defense was on display early for both teams, but the Golden Knights were able to score in each period and Wisconsin did not have a response.
The Badgers had some glorious chances in the first period, but they were all shut down by Clarkson’s veteran goalie Frank Marotte, who recorded 38 saves on the night.
A second period pile-up at the net looked like it could have been a turning point for Wisconsin, but through all the chaos the Badgers were unable to put the puck in the net.
Badger goalie Daniel Lebedeff notched 20 saves of his own.
Notes to know:
- Wisconsin went perfect on the penalty kill, like it has done in four of five games so far this season.
- UW was shutout for the first time in 30 games, dating back to a 4-0 loss at Ohio State on Nov. 16, 2018.
- Both teams were held scoreless on the power play, Wisconsin going 0-for-7 with 14 shots and Clarkson going 0-for-2
Straight from the rink:
Head Coach Tony Granato:
“They frustrated us. Their penalty killers and our lack of execution on our power play kind of fed into their momentum and we really didn’t have any good stretches, besides right at the start of the game, of feeling like we were playing our game and a lot of that has to do with their confidence in shutting us down.”
Junior Captain Wyatt Kalynuk:
“Our power play is going to be a big part of our team this year… we’re going to have to adjust. That’s just part of hockey, breakdowns are going to happen and they were really opportunistic.”
Junior Forward Sean Dhooghe:
“I had two or three grade A chances that just didn’t go in and at the end of the day those are the ones you have to finish whether its early in the season or one of the last games, we have to find ways to put those pucks in the net… you’re doing something right if you’re getting chances like that so that’s the bright side of it.”
Junior Forward Linus Weissbach:
“We had some good opportunities to score but we just didn’t get the puck in the net tonight so I think that’s going to be our thing tomorrow, focusing on finishing with the puck.”
Up next: Wisconsin will face off against Clarkson for game two of the series at the Kohl Center Saturday night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in online on BTN+ or WIBA 1310 radio.