The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished out their series against the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday in South Bend. Notre Dame caught fire in the second period, but young talent in the Wisconsin crease locked in a 7-4 win and the sweep for the visitors in the end.
Wisconsin forward William Whitelaw put the Badgers on the board a little more than five minutes into the first. Shortly after the period reached its halfway point, Wisconsin’s Mathieu De St. Phalle gave the pace of the night a jolt. He doubled the score for the Badgers and found the back of the net again on the power play following an interference call on Notre Dame’s Patrick Moynihan. Irish forward Carter Slaggert responded less than a minute later and scored Notre Dame’s first goal of the night, and it was a whole new game. Wisconsin wasn’t slowing down; Badger Zach Schulz nabbed his team’s fourth goal on a delayed penalty to end the period.
After each team notched a power play goal in the second, Notre Dame’s Landon Slaggert ran with the Irish momentum and claimed goal three for the home team.
Notre Dame’s Brennan Ali replied seconds later with a goal to bring it to 7-4. Badgers pulled netminder Kyle McClellan after the fourth Irish goal and put freshman goalie William Gramme. By the end of the second, the Irish outshot the Badgers 20-7.
The Irish fired away at the Badgers’ net and scoring opportunities came in shots from Ali and Fleming early in the final period. About eight minutes in, Ben Dexheimer of the Badgers dealt a blow to the Irish momentum with a sixth Wisconsin goal. After some back and forth, the Irish pulled goaltender Ryan Bischel with less than four minutes left in the third. Without missing a beat, Wisconsin’s Carlson Bantle snagged the empty-netter to bring it to 7-4, Badgers.
Wisconsin: William Whitelaw at 14:25 in the first, unassisted
Wisconsin: Mathieu De St. Phalle at 10:54 in the 1st with an assist from Cruz Lucius
Wisconsin: Mathieu De St. Phalle at 08:06 in the 1st with assists from Carson Bantle and David Silye
Notre Dame: Carter Slaggert at 07:37 in the 1st with assists from Tyler Carpenter and Drew Bavaro
Wisconsin: Zack Schulz at 01:27 in the 1st with assists from Cruz Lucius and David Silye
Wisconsin: Simon Tassy at 16:22 in the 2nd with assists from Joe Palodichuk and Tyson Dyck
Notre Dame: Maddox Fleming at 11:54 in the 2nd with assists from Paul Fischer and Trevor Janicke
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 08:50 in the 2nd with assists from Michael Mastrodomenico and Cole Knuble
Notre Dame: Brennan Ali at 08:35 in the 2nd with an assist from Grant Silianoff
Wisconsin: Ben Dexheimer at 11:54 in the 3rd with assists from Simon Tassy and David Silye
Wisconsin: Carson Bantle at 03:22 in the 3rd with an assist from William Whitelaw
Notre Dame: Patrick Moynihan for interference at 09:03 in the 1st
Wisconsin: Mathieu De St. Phalle for interference at 05:40 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Michael Mastrodomenico for roughing at 02:53 in the 1st
Wisconsin: Simon Tassy for roughing at 02:53 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Drew Bavaro for hooking at 01:27 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert for elbowing at 17:46 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Carter Slaggert for unsportsmanlike conduct at 15:36 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: Ben Dexheimer for slashing at 15:11 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: Zach Schulz for tripping at 12:53 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Drew Bavaro for cross-checking at 00:49 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel, 26 saves
Wisconsin: Kyle McClellan, 18 saves, William Gramme, 23 saves
The Irish will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 12 in Columbus.
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