Playing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., No. 5 Wisconsin (19-6-1 overall, 14-4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) posted the game-winning goal 13:39 into the first period. Sophomore forward Robbie Earl notched a 4-on-4 goal, beating Fighting Irish senior netminder Morgan Cey. Four minutes later, freshman Matt Ford added the insurance goal on a high wrist shot, with help from freshmen forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz. Pavelski also recorded an assist on Earl's goal.
Wisconsin senior netminder Bernd Bruckler earned his third save of the year, stopping 14 shots. Wisconsin outshot Notre Dame 16-6 in the second period and 11-1 in the third.
Cey, on the other hand, had 34 saves in the loss for Notre Dame (5-16-5, 3-11-4 CCHA).
Prior to Saturday's game, the last time the Badgers had not allowed a goal in a two-game series was against Pennsylvania Nov. 15-16, 1968.
Badgers sweep UND
The Wisconsin women's hockey team easily swept North Dakota, with a 6-2 win Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison. With the win, Wisconsin has a 4-0 record against the Fighting Sioux and moves up to 18-5-1 overall and 12-5-1 in the WCHA. UND falls to 7-16-3 overall and 4-15-1 in the WCHA.
Sophomore forward Sara Bauer scored the Badgers' first goal—this one on the power play—7:43 into the first period. Sophomore forward Phoebe Monteleone added a goal at 14:56 with help from sophomore defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar and junior netminder Meghan Horras.
Horras, who collected 18 saves in addition to her first assist, could not stop two UND pucks in the second period. North Dakota scored for the first time in more than 200 minutes, 3:32 into the second period on a goal from freshman forward Melissa Dianoski and added a goal at 11:41 from senior forward Marissa Hangsleben.
Wisconsin sophomore forward Vicki Davis scored an unassisted goal 8:46 into the second period to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. In the final stanza, Wisconsin posted three goals, from senior defender Molly Engstrom, sophomore forward Meaghan Mikkelson and junior forward Nikki Burish.
UND junior goaltender Amber Hasbargen, the third UND netminder to play this series, had 33 saves.