Matt Hellickson headed to the penalty box for cross-checking and Badger forward Cole Caulfield got his team on the board with a power play goal. The Badgers wasted no time in shaking up the otherwise elite Irish penalty kill, and kept it all going into the second period.
Wisconsin’s Roman Ahcan brought it to 2-0 on the power play after Notre Dame’s Spencer Stastney took a hooking penalty. The Irish got fired up in the second period and passed Wisconsin’s 7 shots on goal with 9.
The Irish responded to two frustrating periods by pulling Cale Morris from between the pipes, but Wisconsin’s Linus Weissbach sealed the deal for the Badgers with an empty netter.
Wisconsin: Cole Caulfield at 17:10 in the 1st with assists from K’Andre Miller and Alex Turcotte
Wisconsin: Roman Ahcan at 12:01 in the 2nd with assists from Dylan Holloway and Alex Turcotte
Wisconsin: Linus Weissbach at 17:20 in the 3rd with assists from Owen Lindmark and K’Andre Miller
Notre Dame: Matt Hellickson at 15:53 in the 1st for cross-checking
Notre Dame: Spencer Stastney at 18:45 in the 1st for hooking
Wisconsin: Linus Weissbach at 18:45 in the 1st for embellishment
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell at 11:33 in the 2nd for tripping
Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford at 4:11 in the 3nd for roughing
Wisconsin: Tarek Baker at 4:11 in the 3nd for roughing
Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 32 saves
Wisconsin: Daniel Lebedeff, 22 saves
The Irish and Badgers will meet again at 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday in Madison. To tune in, stream online with BTN+.
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