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Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Fall 6-4 to Wisconsin Badgers on Home Ice

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Cole Caulfield must be a honey badger; there’s no other explanation.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers took to Compton Family Ice Arena Friday in one chaotic game. There were ten goals in all, but Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see another Notre Dame victory.

First Period

Irish fans saw their guys take control as Michael Graham scored the first point of the game and Mike O’Leary claimed another goal barely even two minutes later. The Badgers ended the period with a goal from Cole Caulfield, but the Irish headed into the second period with the lead.

Second Period

The Badgers responded right away in the second with a tying goal from Cole Caulfield. However, Notre Dame’s Colin Theisen brought it to 3-2 Irish. A game misconduct for facemasking by Notre Dame’s Charlie Raith was the game’s turning point as the shakeup left room for Wisconsin’s Ty Pelton-Byce tie it up and then for Cole Caulfield to lock in a hat trick to bring it to 4-3 Wisconsin.

Third Period

Wisconsin’s Max Zimmer gave the Irish another slap to the face with the Badgers’ fifth goal. Cal Burke responded by breaking his goal drought to make it a one goal game. However, Wisconsin captain Wyatt Kalynuk locked it in with an empty netter to end it 6-4 Badgers.

Game Summary

Scoring

Notre Dame: Michael Graham at 12:25 in the 1st with assists from Colin Theisen and Nate Clurman

Notre Dame: Mike O’Leary at 14:34 in the 1st with assists from Colin Theisen and Spencer Stastney

Wisconsin: Cole Caulfield at 18:44 in the 1st, unassisted

Wisconsin: Cole Caulfield at 01:19 in the 2nd, with assists from Alex Turcotte and K’Andre Miller

Notre Dame: Colin Theisen at 13:09 in the 2nd with assists from Mike O’Leary and Spencer Stastney

Wisconsin: Ty Pelton-Byce at 15:36 in the 2nd with assists from Sean Dhooghe and Jack Berry

Wisconsin: Cole Caulfield at 17:00 in the 2nd with assists from Wyatt Kalynuk and Linus Weissbach

Wisconsin: Max Zimmer at 03:18 in the 3rd with assists from K’Andre Miller and Ty Pelton-Byce

Notre Dame: Cal Burke at 12:52 in the 3rd with assists from Matt Hellickson and Ryan Bischel

Wisconsin: Wyatt Kalynuk at 19:14 in the 3rd, unassisted

Penalties

Wisconsin: Dylan Holloway for goaltender interference at 00:57 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert for slashing at 09:16 in the 1st

Wisconsin: Linus Weissbach for hooking st 01:37 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Jake Pivonka for hooking at 04:03 in the 2nd

Wisconsin: Tarek Baker for roughing at 14:30 in the 2nd

Wisconsin: Ryder Donovan for slashing at 14:30 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Charlie Raith for slashing and facemasking at 14:30 in the 2nd, game misconduct

Notre Dame: Matt Hellickson for goaltender interference at 01:35 in the 3rd

Wisconsin: Roman Ahcan for tripping at 05:36 in the 3rd

Wisconsin: Ty Emberson for contact to the head at 10:21 in the 3rd, game misconduct

Goalies

Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 19 saves Ryan Bischel, 3 saves

Wisconsin: Jack Berry, 29 saves

Moving Forward

The Irish and Badgers will meet again in South Bend Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Catch the game with NBC Sports Chicago+/Philadelphia+.

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