"Our mind has to be in preseason mode starting tomorrow," Badger coach Jeff Rohrman said. "It's not going to happen if we start thinking about it on Aug. 1, or March 1. It's got to happen tomorrow and it's going to take everyone who's coming back to really commit to getting better through the winter and taking their game up a couple notches through the spring as well."
Wisconsin's loss puts a wrap on the college careers of five seniors—goaltender Eric Hanson, midfielder Noah Goerlitz, forward Jed Hohlbein, forward/midfielder David Martinez and forward/midfielder Nick Van Sicklen.
"It's just sad sitting in the tent, all five of us looking at each other knowing that it was the last time that we were going to play together," said Hanson, who played very well, recording seven saves in his final game as a Badger. "The team will be alright, but I'm going to miss them. I want to try to play somewhere and we'll see what happens now, but I've had a blast."
The Spartans' Steve Doster scored midway through the first half for the game's only goal. Wisconsin had numerous scoring opportunities but only managed two shots on goal.
"Unfortunately, we just couldn't get that goal. I think we created a couple of good chances, yet we couldn't find the frame," Rohrman said.
Wisconsin finishes its season 9-10-0, 2-4-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan State advanced to play No. 1 seed Indiana on Friday.