Badgers shutout No. 1 Notre Dame
CHICAGO – Faced with its biggest challenge of the season, the No. 18 Wisconsin men's hockey team toppled No. 1 Notre Dame, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon in front of 9,313 fans at the United Center.
The Badgers (12-12-3, 6-8-2-0 Big Ten) narrowly outshot the Fighting Irish (19-4-1, 13-1-0-0 Big Ten) by a 46-40 margin, but sophomore Jack Berry stood tall between the pipes and served up UND's first shutout loss.
Freshman defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk got the Badgers on the board in the first with an end-to-end effort. Starting behind the UW net, Kalynuk skated up ice, moved wide to dodge a defender, then faked a slapshot and snuck the puck between Cale Morris's pads for the go-ahead goal at 15:07.
Wisconsin's special teams added two more goals to the total in period two as the Badgers notched both a short-handed and power-play goal in the last six minutes of the frame. While junior Seamus Malone sat for high-sticking, sophomore Trent Frederic scored his team-leading 11th goal of the year. Picking off a Notre Dame pass in the Wisconsin zone, Frederic skated in alone on Morris and shot five-hole to double the lead, 2-0.
Malone got in on the fun himself at the 19:11 mark on a Badgers' power play, winding up and one-timing a pass from Kalynuk over a defender and past Morris's glove.
The Badgers put two more up on the Fighting Irish in the final frame, capping off the 5-0 victory. Freshman Linus Weissbach crushed a rebound past Morris on the power play at the 19:23 mark before rookie Sean Dhooghe skated in and deked Morris, going backhand over his shoulder with just seven seconds remaining for good measure.
Sophomore Jack Berry made 40 saves in the shutout, tying his career-high mark.