Freshman Trent Frederic set the tone early, scoring the fastest goal in program history to power the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team to a 6-4 win over Michigan on Saturday night at Kohl Center.
Frederic won the opening faceoff, before trailing the play into the zone and one-timing a pass from Matt Ustaski past Wolverines goalie Zach Nagelvoort just eight seconds into the game.
It was the first salvo in a back-and-forth battle between two Big Ten rivals.
Michigan responded 35 seconds later to make it 1-1, before taking the lead at 4:40 of the first period.
However, Frederic had an answer.
His short-handed goal with less than three minutes to play in the first made it 2-2 heading into the second period.
Wisconsin’s Aidan Cavallini opened the second period with a goal to make it 3-2 Badgers, but Joseph Cecconi tied it up again mid-way through the second period.
The two teams traded goals again in the third, as Wisconsin’s Jake Linhart and Michigan’s Adam Winborg scored less than a minute apart, before Peter Tischke broke the tie for good with a deflection at with less than 10 minutes remaining in the period.
Cavallini tacked on an empty-net goal with 37 seconds remaining to put the Badgers up by two.
Wisconsin goaltender Matt Jurusik made 34 saves, as the Wolverines outshot the Badgers 38-29.
The Badgers return to action on Friday at 7 p.m., as they head to Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota in their second matchup of the season.