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Badger hockey falls short in Big Ten tournament

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DETROIT — The Wisconsin men's hockey team (4-26-5, 2-16-3-2) went out fighting Thursday night in Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game, as the sixth-seeded Badgers outshot third-seeded Michigan (21-14-0, 13-8-0-0), 29-28, but lost, 5-1, at Joe Louis Arena.

Wisconsin prevented the Wolverines from capitalizing on their first power-play chance, but were not as successful the second time around.

Following a boarding call against Jake Linhart, Michigan leading scorer and Hobey Baker Award finalist Zach Hyman scored.

Dylan Larkin took a shot from the top of the right face off circle which banked off Badgers' defenseman Kevin Schulze's skate and off the right goal post. The puck rebounded to the left side where Hyman reached right and backhanded it over the line.

Earlier in the game, UW had a great opportunity to get out to an early lead on a 2-on-1, as Grant Besse had a rebound come directly to him on the left side of the net off Cameron Hughes' shot. Unfortunately the forward, who had missed the previous three games with an injury, was unable to corral the puck.

Badgers goaltender Joel Rumpel prevented U of M from gaining any more momentum late in the first period, as the senior denied a flurry of shots, which resulted from a Michigan breakaway opportunity.

Another deflection gave Michigan a two-goal lead in the second period.

U of M bolted on a rush off a quick defensive zone breakout. Andrew Sinelli softly dumped the puck on net, but it redirected off Ryan Wagner's stick surprising Rumpel and landing in the back of the net.

Less than three minutes later, a Michigan point shot deflected past Rumpel for a 3-0 game.

Cutler Martin, standing all alone on the left point, sent a high wrister toward the front of the net. Jedd Soleway, Tim Davison and Hyman were all positioned in front of Rumpel. The Wolverine got his stick on the puck and it found its way behind the Badgers' netminder to give U of M a three-goal lead.

Wisconsin was not discouraged, though.

First, Besse tipped a shot through U of M goaltender Steve Racine's pads and wide of the net.

Then, UW got on the board.

Soleway fought hard against multiple Wolverines defensemen and Racine to shove the puck over the line for his seventh goal of the season. Initially the play was ruled no-goal, but after a short review the call was reversed.

Back-to-back penalties by Sinelli and Michael Downing gave the Badgers 1:03 of power-play time over halfway through the third frame.

But the man advantage was spoiled by a JT Compher scoring chance and icing against Wisconsin.

Larkin put the game out of reach at the 14:23 mark on an impressive end-to-end rush.

Later, Justin Selman responded with a tally after missing a wide-open net seconds prior.

The puck moved from below the goal line to up top and back down low to Selman who tipped the puck past Rumpel.

Wisconsin finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Wolverines converted once in three tries.

In his final game between the pipes for the Cardinal and White, Rumpel made 23 saves. Racine stopped 28 shots.

Michigan moves on to play Michigan State in a semifinal game on Friday at 7 p.m. on BTN.

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