Jack Gorniak's goal just after a power-play expired with 5:02 remaining gave the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team the lead in a 4-1 victory against Army on Thursday at the Kohl Center.
Owen Lindmark and Ryder Donovan scored empty-net goals in the final minute to pad the lead for UW.
Wisconsin State Journal hockey beat reporter Todd D. Milewski wraps up the Badgers' 4-1 victory against Army at the Kohl Center on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.
Three stars No. 3: Roman Ahcan drew penalties and set up Sam Stange's opening goal for UW. No. 2: Gavin Abric made 39 saves for the Black Knights. No. 1: Gorniak's go-ahead goal had to calm a lot of nerves with the Badgers. Up next
The Badgers and Black Knights finish the series at 7 p.m. Friday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team started 0-3 just four times in the first 58 years of its modern era. It's trying to avoid suffering that fate Thursday when it opens a non-conference series against Army at the Kohl Center (7:04 p.m., BSW,
BigTenPlus.com, 1310 AM).
UW lost its first three games in 1975, 1985, 2008 and 2014.
The Badgers reworked the forward lines in a shortened week of practice, notably putting Brock Caufield at center and Liam Malmquist at wing.
Both UW and Army are looking for their first victory of the season. The Badgers lost twice to Michigan Tech at home last week and the Black Knights have lost to Providence and RIT before tying the Tigers last Saturday.
Liam Malmquist - Tarek Baker - Mathieu De St. Phalle
Roman Ahcan - Brock Caufield - Sam Stange
Zach Urdahl - Owen Lindmark - Jack Gorniak
Caden Brown - Dominick Mersch - Ryder Donovan
Tyler Inamoto - Corson Ceulemans
Daniel Laatsch - Anthony Kehrer
Josh Ess - Jesper Peltonen
Scratches: F Carson Bantle (injured), F Max Johnson, F Brayden Morrison, D Mike Vorlicky (injured), D Luke LaMaster, D Shay Donovan. Black Knights (0-2-1)
Daniel Haider - Jake Felker - Ricky Lyle
Mitch Machlitt - Eric Butte - Colin Bilek
Brett Abdelnour - John Keranen - Josh Bohlin
Eric Huss - Patrick Smyth - Kendrick Frost
Noah Wilson - Marshal Plunkett
Anthony Firriolo - Thomas Farrell
Andrew Quetell - Coby Mack
See how Kohl Center staff build the ice rink that the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will play on in the 2021-22 season.
Officials Referees: Brett DesRosiers and Jonathan Sitarski. Linesmen: Bill Hancock and Jonathan Sladek.
See the former Badgers men's hockey players who are on NHL rosters in 2021-22
Cole Caufield, Montreal
Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield celebrates after the goal by teammate Tyler Toffoli during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. Caufield assisted on the scoring play. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Brian Elliott, Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott (1) stands in the crease during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Trent Frederic, Boston
Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) shoots on New York Rangers goaltender Tyler Wall (80) during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin).
Jake Gardiner, Carolina (long-term injured reserve)
Carolina Hurricanes' Jake Gardiner skates agains the Dallas Stars during an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dylan Holloway, Edmonton (non-roster injured list)
Wisconsin's Dylan Holloway during an NCAA hockey game against Boston College on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Wyatt Kalynuk, Chicago (injured reserve)
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Luke Kunin, Nashville
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) stops a shot by Nashville Predators center Luke Kunin (11) in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mike Strasinger)
Jake McCabe, Chicago
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe (6) celebrates a goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Ryan McDonagh, Tampa Bay
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) go after the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
K'Andre Miller, New York Rangers
New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) is pursued by Boston Bruins left wing Joona Koppanen (45) and left wing Taylor Hall (71) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin).
Joe Pavelski, Dallas
Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski (16) skates during an NHL hockey practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Justin Schultz, Washington
Washington Capitals' Justin Schultz plays during a preseason NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Brendan Smith, Carolina
New York Rangers' Brendan Smith (42) has words for Washington Capitals' Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)
Craig Smith, Boston
Boston Bruins right wing Craig Smith (12) during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Derek Stepan, Carolina
Carolina Hurricanes Derek Stepan (18) moves the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL pre season hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Ryan Suter, Dallas
Dallas Stars left wing Blake Comeau (15) fist-bumps defenseman Ryan Suter (20) after the team's win over the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL preseason hockey game Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)