HOCKEY: Wisconsin defeats Michigan 5-4 in Overtime

Wisconsin’s Sean Dhooghe’s overtime goal lifted the Wisconsin Badgers to a 5-4 win over the Michigan Wolverines Friday night in Madison Wisconsin. The Wolverines looking to secure home ice advantage for the Big Ten tournament next weekend played well and had an early third-period lead before two unanswered goals by Wisconsin to tie the game. The Badgers first goal opened the scoring on a John Ess goal from Seamus Malone and Ess was able to beat Strauss Mann over the shoulder at the 4.38 mark of the first period.

Michigan was able to tie the game on a turnover by Wisconsin when the defenseman lost his skate edge and Adam Winborg took advantage of the error and passed to sophomore Luke Morgan for the goal to tie is up 1-1 ending the first period. In the second period, Matthew Freytag shot bounced off the goal to the front of the net where Freytag beat Mann on the rebound for a Badger 2-1 lead. Michigan was able to tie the game 20 seconds later with junior forward Jake Slaker scored on a rebound off the Wisconsin goalie from Joseph Cecconi shot.

The Wolverines then seconds later scored on a goal by junior Will Lockwood from Nick Pastujov and Quinn Hughes and for Lockwood, this was goal #15.  Wisconsin’s line of Roman Ahcan, Seamus Malone and Sean Dhooghe caused problems for Michigan as both Sean Dhooghe and Roman Ahcan scored goals to give the Badgers a 4-3 lead going into the third period.

Freshman Jimmy Lambert in the third period scored the only goal for Michigan and sent the game into overtime where Dhooghe was able to win the game on his second goal of the night to send Badger fans home happy. Michigan will look to grab at least two points tonight to secure a home series next week and if they lose then a combination will depend on others winning and losing to seat the four teams. Tonight’s game is on the Big Ten Network at 9 pm eastern time.