MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin’s 14th ranked men’s hockey team had nearly a month off, but that didn’t seem to affect them. The Badgers defeated Michigan 5-2 at the Kohl Center Friday night.
Wisconsin had a 3-0 lead, but Michigan got close with a pair of third period goals. Michigan pulled the goalie late in the game trailing 3-2, but having the extra attacker didn’t do them any good.
Michael Mersch had Wisconsin’s first hat trick in over three years.
The two teams meet again Saturday evening for the series finale at the Kohl Center. Pregame activities begin on WSAU AM 550 & FM 99.9 starting at 6:30 p.m.