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Fighting Irish 2, Badgers 2: Wrapup and three stars from Wisconsin’s men’s hockey tie in Chicago

January 21, 2019

CHICAGO — The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team couldn’t hold onto two one-goal leads, through first-period goals by Dominick Mersch and Roman Ahcan, and tied No. 12 Notre Dame 2-2 on Sunday at the United Center. Spencer Stastney scored in 3-on-3 overtime to give the Fighting Irish the extra Big Ten Conference point.

Three stars

No. 3: Cale Morris made stopped all 19 shots he faced in the second period and 32 for the game for Notre Dame.

No. 2: UW’s Dominick Mersch scored a goal and won a faceoff clean to set up the Badgers’ second goal in the final second of the first period.

No. 1: Michael Graham scored twice for the second consecutive game, giving him four goals against the Badgers after scoring just once in his first 20 games.

Up next

The Badgers play at Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Pregame

The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is trying to keep intact a perfect record in modern-era games in Illinois when it plays No. 12 Notre Dame at the United Center on Sunday (6:30 p.m., BTN, 1310 AM).

The Badgers are 11-0 in Illinois since 1963, with two victories over the Fighting Irish (2005 in Rosemont, 2018 at the United Center), one over Minnesota (2013 at Soldier Field), three over Illinois-Chicago (1982, 1983 and 1989), four over the Lake Forest club team (1964, 1967, 1968 and 1970) and one over the Illinois club team (1967).

Notre Dame won 6-4 on Friday, rallying from a 3-2 deficit in the second period.

UW has six players from the Chicago area in its lineup: defensemen Peter Tischke (Hinsdale) and Tyler Inamoto (Chicago) and forwards Seamus Malone (Naperville), Dominick Mersch (Park Ridge) and Sean and Jason Dhooghe (Aurora).

Badgers (8-10-3, 4-4-3 Big Ten)

Forwards

Linus Weissbach - Seamus Malone - Will Johnson

Jack Gorniak - Tarek Baker - Sean Dhooghe

Roman Ahcan - Dominick Mersch - Brock Caufield

Matthew Freytag - Mick Messner - Jason Dhooghe

Defensemen

Tyler Inamoto - Wyatt Kalynuk

K’Andre Miller - Ty Emberson

Josh Ess - Peter Tischke

Jake Bunz

Goaltenders

Jack Berry

Johan Blomquist

Fighting Irish (13-8-1, 6-6)

Forwards

Colin Theisen - Jake Pivonka - Alex Steeves

Dylan Malmquist - Mike O’Leary - Michael Graham

Graham Slaggert - Cam Burke - Jack Jenkins

Luke Novak - Pierce Crawford - Matt Steeves

Defensemen

Bobby Nardella - Andrew Peeke

Matt Hellickson - Tory Dello

Spencer Stastney - Nate Clurman

Nick Leivermann

Goaltenders

Dylan St. Cyr

Cale Morris

Nick Sanford

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