Ashwaubenon??The Wisconsin men?s hockey earned its first regular-season victory under new coach Tony Granato is the Badgers defeated Northern Michigan, 6-5, in a back-and-forth battle at the Resch Center on Saturday night.
Trent Frederic scored the game-winning goal for Wisconsin (1-1) on the power play at 11:36 to break a 5-5 tie.
Five players tallied at least two points each for the Badgers as Corbin McGuire scored two goals, Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone both had a goal and assist. Grant Besse totaled three assists, while JD Greenway added two assists.
For Northern Michigan (1-1), Robbie Payne tallied five points with two goals and three assists. Darien Craighead added two goals for the Wildcats, while Gerard Hanson chipped in another and Zach Diamantoni had two assists.
Wisconsin went 4 for 8 on the power play, the first time the Badgers scored four power play goals since Oct. 15, 2010. Northern Michigan was 1 for 4 on the power play.
In net, Matt Jurusik made 25 saves for the Badgers, while Atte Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson each made 13 saves for Northern Michigan