Wisconsin completes weekend with 5-4 win over Clarkson

POTSDAM, N.Y.—If Saturday night’s offensive production from the Wisconsin men’s hockey team is any indication for the rest of the season, all signs point towards the offense being a potent one.

Five different players scored for the Badgers (4-2-0, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten), as they defeated the Clarkson Golden Knights (3-4-1, 0-0-0-0 ECAC) by a score of 5-4.

Grant Besse’s third goal of the season just 15 seconds into the third period gave UW a lead that they would not relinquish. The senior forward finished off a nice pass from Luke Kunin who was standing behind the Clarkson goal when he gave the feed.

Seamus Malone opened the scoring for the Cardinal and White nine minutes into the game on a sharp-angle shot that beat Golden Knight’s goaltender Steve Perry over his left shoulder. Assists were given to Dan Labosky and Tim Davison on the play.

Kunin scored 39 seconds later on a sharp wrist shot from the slot to give the Badgers their first two-goal lead of the game. Clarkson scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal with under a minute to play in the first period to cut the UW lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

The Golden Knights started the second period the way they had ended the first, by scoring a goal 44 seconds into the frame to draw the game even at a 2-2 score.

However, the Badgers would claim the next two goals as junior defenseman Cullen Hurley scored the first goal of his career in his first game of the season and fifth of his career. The goal put Wisconsin back in the lead. Junior defenseman Corbin McGuire added his fourth goal of the year three minutes later to give UW another two-goal lead.

Clarkson added another power-play goal with under a minute to play in the second period to narrow the Badgers’ lead to 4-3 after two periods of play.

The Golden Knights would make it a close game late in the third period by scoring a goal that made the score 5-4 but the UW defense would hold on to claim the victory.

Sophomore goalie Matt Jurusik stopped 24-out-of-28 shots he faced on the night, while the UW penalty-killing unit went 6-for-8 on the night.

The weekend sweep marked the Badgers’ first two-win weekend on the road since March 7-8, 2014 at Penn State.

Wisconsin returns to the Kohl Center next weekend for a two-game series against Northern Michigan. The two teams played each other in the opening series of the season, with each team getting a victory at the Resch Center in Green Bay.