Timely scoring was the key for the University of Wisconsin on Friday night, as Ryan Wagner scored two goals to lead the Badgers to a 4-3 win over Alaska at the Kohl Center.
Corbin McGuire scored with 47 seconds remaining in the first period, before the Nanooks answered less than seven minutes into the second stanza to make it 1-1.
But the Badgers were quick to bounce back, as Wagner notched a pair of goals, while Jarod Zirbel picked up a third in a big second period that ended with a 3-2 Badgers lead.
Wagner's strike at 7:09 of the second period gave the Badgers the lead for good, before Zirbel's tally made it 3-1.
The Nanooks clawed their way back with a goal at 12:48 of the second, but Wagner was there to restore Wisconsin's two-goal lead less than four minutes later.
Alaska made a bid for overtime early in the third period, cutting the Badgers' lead to one, but it wasn't enough to top Wisconsin.
Goaltender Matt Jurusik made 20 saves on 23 shots, including a 10-save performance in the first period, while Wagner was the Badgers' top faceoff man, winning seven of 10.
The Badgers return to action at on Saturday, finishing their series with Alaska at 7 p.m. in Madison.
A ceremony honoring the 2006 national championship team will take place during the first intermission.