The fifth-ranked Wisconsin hockey team is the Big Ten regular-season champion for the first time.
The Badgers got two goals from star Cole Caufield, his 24th and 25th on the season, in a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. The win gave UW its fourth regular season conference title and its first since 2000 when the Badgers were still in the WCHA.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 6, 2021
After a scoreless first period, Michigan State jumped ahead with a Charlie Combs goal at the 13:09 mark of the second period. It looked like it would stay 1-0 but Caufield sniped a one-timer with 17 seconds left to tie the game. The sophomore then added his second 7:49 into the final period, which proved to be the winning goal.
📽️: Cole Caufield in his natural habitat 🚨
🍎: Weissbach, Pelton-Byce pic.twitter.com/vKPBqDmLAB
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) March 6, 2021
Dylan Holloway, Linus Weissbach and Ty Pelton-Byce each had an assist as Wisconsin won for a 13th time in its last 16 games.
Cameron Rowe more than held up his end by stopping 40 of the 41 shots he faced. The Badgers improved to 9-1-1 in games Rowe starts this season.
With the win, the Wisconsin will be the top seed at the Big Ten Tournament meaning the Badgers will get a first-round bye.