EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cole Caufield scored twice and Cameron Rowe made 40 saves as the fifth-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team clinched the Big Ten regular-season championship with a 2-1 victory against Michigan State on Saturday at Yost Ice Arena.
No. 3: Pierce Charleson made 47 saves for the Spartans.
No. 2: Rowe had a few testers among the third-period shots he faced.
No. 1: Caufield scored Nos. 24 and 25 in a critical situation.
The Badgers earned the quarterfinal bye in the Big Ten tournament and will play a semifinal game at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15 in South Bend, Indiana.
It's simple for the fifth-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team in the last game of the regular season: Defeat Michigan State (1:30 p.m., BTN, FoxSports.com, 1310 AM) and the Badgers are Big Ten champions.
UW has won only three regular-season championships, all in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, in 1977, 1990 and 2000. It can be the first NCAA men's hockey team in 26 years to take first place in a conference a year after finishing alone in last.
The Badgers, unbeaten in six games (5-0-1), have outscored the Spartans 14-1 in three victories this season.
It'll be the same lineup for UW as in Friday's 4-0 victory except for Cameron Rowe getting the start in goal.
Badgers (18-8-1, 16-6-1 Big Ten)
Linus Weissbach - Ty Pelton-Byce - Cole Caufield
Roman Ahcan - Dylan Holloway - Brock Caufield
Dominick Mersch - Tarek Baker - Sam Stange
Jason Dhooghe / Jack Gorniak - Ryder Donovan - Mathieu de St. Phalle
Josh Ess - Ty Emberson
Jesper Peltonen - Anthony Kehrer
Shay Donovan - Luke LaMaster
Scratches: F Owen Lindmark, D Tyler Inamoto, D Mike Vorlicky, G Ben Garrity
Spartans (7-16-2, 5-15-1 Big Ten)
Charlie Combs - Tommy Apap - Mitchell Lewandowski
A.J. Hodges - Nicolas Müller - Brody Stevens
Jagger Joshua - Kristof Papp - Josh Nodler
Adam Goodsir - Gianluca Esteves - Kyle Haskins
Nash Nienhuis - Dennis Cesana
Christian Krygier - Tommy Miller
Cole Krygier - Aiden Gallacher
Referees: Brian Aaron and Jon Sitarski
Linesmen: Christopher Libett and Nick Bet
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Ty Pelton-Byce scored twice for the Badgers, including the tying goal with 26.8 seconds left after UW let two third-period leads slip away.
Coach Tony Granato went down the lineup in handing out individual laurels for good chances created, hits dished out or composed plays in the defensive zone.
The Badgers erase the sour taste of their largest loss of the season with their first victory at Michigan in their past eight tries.
A four-goal second period by the Wolverines was the difference after the Badgers took the lead.
No. 11 UW is alone atop the conference standings after completing its first series sweep at Minnesota in 12 years with an emphatic 8-1 victory against the second-ranked Golden Gophers.
Cole Caufield broke a tie with seven minutes remaining and Dylan Holloway figured in two goals in the following 2:18 as Wisconsin beat Minnesota 4-1.
Cole Caufield scores two goals for the second straight game and Linus Weissbach records his first three-point game of the season.
Robbie Beydoun stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, the Badgers couldn't pull all the way back with a late push.
The Badgers scored two power-play goals to win at Penn State for the first time in five tries.
A third-period penalty kill was "probably the biggest five minutes of our season so far," Badgers coach Tony Granato said.
UW freshman Cameron Rowe makes 11 saves for his first shutout.
The Badgers outshot the Gophers but paid the price for turnovers, a slow line change and a bad penalty.
Beydoun made 35 saves as the Badgers knocked off the Gophers in their first game since Dec. 4.
Cameron Rowe made 40 saves in his first collegiate start as the Badgers split a series at the Buckeyes.
The Badgers have lost all three games since four forwards became unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol.
Sophomore Jax Murray scored his first two collegiate goals for the Sun Devils as the Badgers fell to .500.
The Badgers were missing five forwards, one of whom sources said was held out because of a positive COVID-19 test and three others who were close contacts.
Caufield had his second hat trick for the Badgers and Tarek Baker scored a key short-handed goal.
Robbie Beydoun made a career-high 49 saves for the Badgers.
Missing their top two centers, the Badgers nearly emerged with a split against the sixth-ranked Wolverines.
The Wolverines scored three times in the final 5 minutes, 22 seconds of the second period to turn a deficit into a two-goal lead going into the intermission.
Dylan Holloway's third-period goal put the Badgers ahead for good after they lost two-goal and one-goal leads.
Linus Weissbach helped provide the offense and Robbie Beydoun was a stable presence in goal in the Badgers' 2-0 victory over No. 20 Notre Dame.
Holloway scored twice on the power play to lead the Badgers past the Buckeyes.
If a 7-0 victory against Ohio State at LaBahn Arena was Cole Caufield's last time playing at home for the Badgers, it was the kind of effort UW fans will want to remember him by.
Robbie Beydoun, playing in his home state, makes 28 saves as the Badgers keep the heat on Minnesota in the chase for the Big Ten title.
Cole Caufield scores twice to give the Badgers a 2-1 victory at Michigan State and the Big Ten title on the final day of the regular season.
Cole Caufield scored his 27th goal of the season 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the extra session to send the fifth-ranked Badgers past the Nittany Lions 4-3 on Monday in the Big Ten semifinals.
The Badgers paid for a lackluster effort in the second period as the Gophers beat UW for the first time in six championship-round games.
Bemidji State was the aggressor from the beginning and kept UW from playing the brand of hockey it has used to generate scoring chances.