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UW season closes with loss at Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.— The sixth-seeded Wisconsin men’s hockey team saw its season come to a close in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, falling in game two of the best-of-three series, 7-4, to third-seeded Michigan on Saturday night at Yost Arena.

 Wisconsin (14-19-4, 8-13-3-1 Big Ten) led the Wolverines (20-13-3, 11-10-3-2) early, but stumbled late in the defensive zone and couldn’t recover in time.

Sophomore Trent Frederic started the Badgers off hot, scoring a goal just 23 seconds into the contest. Senior linemate Ryan Wagner broke up a Michigan play in the neutral zone, dishing a pass to Frederic who snapped a shot off from the circles.

Michigan took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, however, scoring at the 4:18 mark before adding another at 13:41.

Michigan pulled ahead, 3-1, early in the second after junior defenseman Peter Tischke made a save along the goal line behind sophomore goalie Jack Berry. Michigan circled back and capitalized 53 seconds in on the rebound of the next shot.

UW senior captain Cameron Hughes cut the lead to 3-2, scoring shortly after a Wisconsin penalty expired. Freshman Linus Weissbach, who was serving the penalty, took a shot from above the circles that bounced off the end boards right to Hughes, who buried the puck at 6:08.

Michigan regained the two-goal lead shortly after, but Frederic came up clutch again at the 9:16 mark of the second, sniping a shot over Lavigne’s glove to make it 4-3.

A Michigan goal with seven seconds remaining in the second period swung the momentum, leading to an early third-period goal for the Wolverines, leaving Wisconsin trailing 6-3.

Junior Matthew Freytag gave Wisconsin an opening, scoring on a blunder by Lavigne, who thought he caught Freytag’s initial shot that instead dropped behind him. Freytag saw the loose puck and crashed in to cut the lead to 6-4.

Both teams battled in the final minutes of play, but an empty net goal for the Wolverines sealed their place in the semifinal round of the tournament, besting Wisconsin 7-4.

Berry ended the night with 22 saves.

--Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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