ST. CLOUD, Minn. — No. 3 St. Cloud State scored two power-play goals and a short-handed score in the second period to complete a sweep of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team with a 4-1 victory on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
No. 3: Jaxon Castor made a career-high 30 saves in his first start of the season for the Huskies.
No. 2: Micah Miller scored a back-breaking short-handed goal in the second period.
No. 1: Kevin Fitzgerald put St. Cloud State ahead and assisted on Miller's goal.
The Badgers play at No. 1 Michigan on Thursday and Friday to open the Big Ten schedule.
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The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team has to perform better on the penalty kill if it wants to get a split of a non-conference series against No. 3 St. Cloud State on Saturday (6 p.m., NCHC.tv, 1070 AM).
The Huskies scored three power-play goals in a 5-1 victory on Friday. It was the first time in 86 games that the Badgers had allowed an opponent to go 75% or better on the power play (since Minnesota was 3-for-4 in a 9-4 victory on Jan. 25, 2019). It has happened in only 13 of 861 games since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
UW allowed three power-play goals for the first time in 48 games, since a 5-2 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 25, 2020.
On the other side, the Badgers were 0-for-5 on the power play and fell to 1-for-16 for the season. "We've got to be better as a group and we've got to ask more from ourselves," forward Roman Ahcan said Friday.
UW has shifted around all four of its forward lines from Friday as it looks for more goal production and puck possession. It has scored only five even-strength goals in five games (not including empty-net scores).
Liam Malmquist - Tarek Baker - Max Johnson
Jack Gorniak - Brock Caufield - Mathieu De St. Phalle
Roman Ahcan - Owen Lindmark - Ryder Donovan
Brayden Morrison - Sam Stange - Zach Urdahl / Dominick Mersch
Josh Ess - Corson Ceulemans
Daniel Laatsch - Anthony Kehrer
Jesper Peltonen - Luke LaMaster
Scratches: F Carson Bantle (injured), F Caden Brown, D Tyler Inamoto (injured), D Mike Vorlicky (injured), D Jake Martin, D Shay Donovan.
Kyler Kupka - Kevin Fitzgerald - Micah Miller
Veeti Miettinen - Jami Krannila - Zach Okabe
Joe Molenaar - Nolan Walker - Easton Brodzinski
Aidan Spellacy - Mason Salquist - Chase Brand
Seamus Donohue - Spencer Meier
Ondrej Trejbal - Nick Perbix
Brendan Bushy - Brady Ziemer
Referees: Timm Walsh and Nick Krebsbach.
Linesmen: Justin Hills and Dana Penkivech.
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