Wisconsin blanks Irish

Notre Dame goes 0 for 10 on power play; Badgers' Elliott records third shutout of season

With one of the nation's worst offensive teams hosting one of the nation's best defensive teams, Friday night's result in South Bend, Ind., should not come as a surprise.

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team thwarted 10 power play opportunities as sophomore goaltender Brian Elliott earned his third shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center.

The Irish managed just 19 shots on goal in the game despite playing 17 minutes and 50 seconds with the man advantage. The Badgers' penalty killing unit that has now stopped 90 percent of opponents' opportunities.

Much of the game was played with someone in the penalty box – the two teams combined for 26 penalties for 60 minutes but neither recorded a special teams goal; the Badgers were 0 for 5 on their power plays. UW entered the game boasting a 24 percent success rate on the man advantage.

UW sophomore wing Robbie Earl netted the even-strength game winner at 5:30 in the second period, beating Notre Dame netminder Morgan Cey for his 12th goal of the season.

The Badgers added insurance in the form of Ryan MacMurchy's 10th of the year at 5:30 in the third period.

Cey finished with 27 saves.

Elliott's shutout was the Badgers' fifth of the season, one shy of a school single-season record.

Wisconsin improved to 18-6-1 overall with the win while Notre Dame fell to 5-15-5. The two teams will face off again Saturday night, but game two of the series will be played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., just outside of Chicago, at 7:05 p.m. Central.

Badgers remain in first place

Colorado College cut the Badgers' lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings in half after tying Minnesota-Duluth 3-3 Friday night.

Wisconsin has 28 points in the WCHA (14-4-0) while the nationally top-ranked Tigers have 27 (13-3-1).

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