ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (13-8-0, 11-6-0 0-1-0) fell 5-1 to the Michigan Wolverines (11-6-0, 9-6-0 1-0-0) in the first game of their Saturday-Sunday road series.
Mathieu De St. Phalle struck first at 8:59 of the first period. Owen Lindmark picked up a loose puck after Robbie Beydoun made a skillful stop on a breakaway by Michigan’s Michael Pastujov, then made a stretch pass to De St. Phalle up the boards. The freshman had a clear path to the net and went top shelf on goaltender Erik Portillo for the lead.
The Wolverines came out of the gate strong in the second period, scoring four goals in 20 minutes.
Brendan Brisson tied the game at 1:48. Just a few minutes later, Matty Beniers scored to give Michigan a 2-1 lead. They added to their tally twice more before the period was over with goals from Eric Ciccolini at 7:05 and Luke Morgan at 16:08, leaving the Badgers with a 4-1 deficit heading into the third period.
Freshman goaltender Cameron Rowe took over for Beydoun after the second period.
The Wolverines scored on a deflection in front of the net at 15:01 in the third period. Nick Granowicz is credited with the final goal in his squad’s 5-1 win.
The Badgers only had one chance to exercise their elite power play in their first matchup of the series.
Saturday’s matchup was Michigan’s first game since Jan. 22, a win against Notre Dame.
Notes to know:
- The Badgers are 11-4-0 when scoring first.
- Cole Caufield’s 12-game point streak, Ty Pelton-Byce’s nine-game point streak, and Dylan Holloway’s eight-game point streak came to an end.
- De St. Phalle notched his second goal of the season.
The Badgers face the Wolverines again on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. CT. Watch the live stream on Big Ten Network+ or follow along on Twitter and with live stats on UWBadgers.com.