The Wisconsin men’s hockey team fell to Michigan State 3-1 on Saturday night, being swept by the Spartans in the two game weekend at the Kohl Center.
The Spartans (9-20-3, 5-10-1-0 Big Ten) carried a 1-0 lead to the third period and the Badgers (6-15-7, 1-10-3-1) would turn up the pressure in the final period and tie the game on a Seamus Malone goal at the 7:06 mark of the period.
The Badgers then got an extended five-on-three opportunity with five minutes left in the third, but UW couldn’t capitalize.
The momentum changed hands and the Spartans scored the game winner a little more than a minute later when Mackenzie MacEachern’s one-timer got past Wisconsin’s freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik.
MacEachern also scored an empty netter to give the Spartans the 2-goal victory and sweep of the Badgers.
Wisconsin hits the road for the first time since mid-January when it travels to Ohio State next weekend before returning home to face Penn State.
Badger women swept by Gophers
After rallying from two goals down, the second-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell in overtime, 4-3 to number-3 Minnesota in the Badgers’ regular season finale on Saturday at Ridder Arena.
Despite out-shooting the Gophers 34-27, the Badgers (30-3-1, 24-3-1-1 WCHA) were unable to stop Minnesota (29-3-1, 24-3-1-0 WCHA) in overtime.
Erika Sowchuk, Sarah Nurst and Annie Pankowski each scored for the Badgers.
Wisconsin enters the WCHA playoffs as the number-one seed. The Badgers will host Minnesota State in a best-of-three series beginning Friday at LaBahn Arena.