The Wisconsin Badgers men’s ice hockey team led at the first intermission, were tied at the second, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines, losing 5-2 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wisconsin (4-22-4, 2-12-2) made Michigan (19-11-0, 11-5-0) work for the win, which earned the Wolverines’ sole ownership of first in the Big Ten, after entering the game tied with Minnesota. UW is 0-4 against Michigan this year after a 3-0 shutout Friday night.
The Badgers came out strong for the second night in a row, with freshman forward Ryan Wagner getting in the first shot and the first goal of the night, a rebound off U of M goaltender Steve Racine that was buried with an assist by senor forward Brad Navin.
The Wolverines tied up the game in the second with goal by junior forward Justin Selman — his eighth of the season — and pulled ahead on power-play tally from sophomore forward JT Compher.
Wisconsin headed into the second intermission with a tied game thanks to sophomore forward Grant Besse’s 11th goal of the season, helped along by freshman forward Adam Rockwood and senior forward Joseph LaBate.
The Wolverines dominated in the third period, pulling ahead on tallies from Compher and Selman. An unassisted empty netter padded Michigan’s score and gave Compher his third goal of the night and eighth of the season.
Badgers senior goaltender Joel Rumpel made 29 saves to Racine’s 26.
Wisconsin plays its last road series of the season next weekend at Michigan State. Saturday’s series finale airs at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Wisconsin’s alternate channel.