UW hockey team gets first home win

The University of Wisconsin hockey team got its first home victory of the season Thursday night, winning 5-0 against Alabama-Huntsville at Kohl Center.

The Badgers (3-7-5, 2-5-5 WCHA)  recorded season bests in goals scored (five) and fewest shots allowed (nine) and tied a season high for shots on net (37) on their way to a comfortable victory.

Freshman Nic Kerdiles opened the scoring with his first collegiate goal at the four-minute mark of the opening period. Michael Mersch doubled the Badgers’ lead less than three minutes later with a power-play goal.

Mersch scored his second goal with 4:31 to go in the second period. That score was Mersch’s team-high 11th of the season. Despite Wisconsin’s 17-shot onslaught in the period, Alabama-Huntsville goaltender John Griggs kept his team within striking distance with 16 saves in second period alone.    

Wisconsin’s Sean Little and Kerdiles added third-period goals to seal the win. Badgers goalie Landon Peterson was replaced by Adam Miller early in the third period, and the duo combined for Wisconsin’s second shutout of the season.

The Badgers will try to sweep the two-game series Friday night when they face Alabama-Huntsville (3-13-1) again at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Wisconsin’s alternate channel.