The Badgers (1-1-0) scored first when senior Podge Turnbull knocked in a loose puck at the side of the net at 8:07 of the first period. Freshman Tyler Barnes recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on the play.
The Badger special teams made a significant stand in the first period to preserve the lead. After two consecutive penalties against Wisconsin, Holy Cross received 1:26 of a 5-on-3 advantage. The Badger defense held and killed off both penalties.
The Badgers increased their lead to 2-0 in the second period when Craig Smith lit the lamp with a spectacular individual effort. Smith deked out the Holy Cross defenseman, and finished the tremendous play by putting home his first of the season. The goal, at 4:07 of the second period, was assisted by Jake Gardiner.
Derek Lee scored his second goal of the season at 18:00 of the second period. With the Badgers on the power-play, Lee knocked in a rebound of a Turnbull shot.
Just 41 seconds later, Ryan Little scored his second goal of the season, and his career to increase the Badger lead to 4-0. Little started with the puck behind the goal, and then put in a back-handed shot at 18:41 of the second period.
In third period, freshman Michael Mersch scored his first collegiate goal to give the Badgers a 5-0. Mersch deflected in a shot from captain Sean Dolan at 8:08 of the third period. Freshman Jason Clark set up the play by outskating two defenders to reach the puck.
Craig Smith finished the scoring for the Badgers with a power-play goal at 18:25 of the third period, his second goal of the game.
The Badgers finished the day 2-for-6 on the power-play, holding Holy Cross to a 0-for-6 mark with the man advantage.