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UW grabs Valentine’s Day victory over Ohio State, 3-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Wisconsin men's hockey team (3-19-4, 1-9-2-2) played in its second-straight one-goal game, but this time received a better result, as the Badgers took down Ohio State (8-16-2, 3-9-0-0), 3-2, Saturday night at Schottenstein Center.

A hustle play by Joseph LaBate in the third period proved to be the difference.

The Eagan, Minnesota, native forced a turnover in the right corner on the forecheck and fed Adam Rockwood with a perfect pass in the slot as he fell to the ice.

The freshman received the puck across his body and fired a wrist shot past OSU goaltender Christian Frey for his second goal in three games.

Ohio State got out to an early lead, as Darik Angeli fooled Badgers net minder Joel Rumpel to think he would shoot the puck. Angel instead slid a pass over to Anthony Greco on an OSU three-on-two rush, who then netted his 14th goal, which ranks third in the Big Ten.

Nifty puck movement by Cameron Hughes and Morgan Zulinick brought UW back, though.

Hughes carried the puck in the OSU zone along the left side and passed to Zulinick who trailed the play on a three-on-two. The sophomore quickly redirected the puck to Besse, setting up a one-timer tally.

The score marked Besse's 10th of the year. Coupled with an assist later in the game, he leads the team in both goals and points (20).

OSU regained the lead in the second period.

Rumpel made a chest save on a shot from the right boards, but could not control the rebound. He leapt on his stomach to reach and cover the puck with his glove. Unfortunately it squirted to the middle before Rumpel could get to it, allowing Christian Lampasso to bury a shot in the wide open net.

Just over four minutes later LaBate tied the score at two.

Rockwood missed the net with a shot wide right on the power play. The puck banked off the back boards and landed near the right post where LaBate crashed hard and shoved it over the goal line.

The same combination united for the Badgers' last two goals LaBate and Rockwood setting up each other for the scores.

Rumpel made 28 saves, while Frey stopped 25 shots.

UW had a perfect night on limited special teams, scoring on its lone power play and killing both penalties it was called for.

The win marked Wisconsin's first in the Big Ten, giving it seven points in the standings.

UW plays next weekend at home against Michigan State. The series opens on Friday at 8 p.m. on BTN before wrapping up on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Wisconsin Channel.

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