MADISON, Wi. The Michigan Tech hockey team was defeated 6-2 at No. 14 Wisconsin Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Kohl Center. The Huskies had a 2-1 lead in the first period before surrendering five straight goals.
"We gave them an awful lot of room that we didn't give them last night," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "I think Wisconsin's a pretty good team, but I don't think they're a high-end team at this point of the season, and tonight was a little disappointing. It's frustrating that we can play with anybody on a Friday night but turnaround and struggle on Saturday."
Tech (1-3-0) got down 1-0 2:25 into the game but responded with a pair of first period goals to take the lead.
Greyson Reitmeier buried his first of the season at the 8:29 mark, ripping a wrist shot past UW goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. Brian Halonen and Seamus Donohue assisted on the play.
Halonen then buried a one-timer on the power play from Colin Swoyer 4:08 later for his first career tally. Trenton Bliss added the secondary assist as all three freshmen got points for the second night in a row. Halonen extended his point streak to three games with the goal.
UW (3-2-0) evened it up at two 1:46 before the first intermission when Wyatt Kalynuk found the back of the net.
Roman Ahcan scored shorthanded 25 seconds into the second period, as the Badgers took the lead for the second time in the game.
Seamus Malone made it 4-2 Wisconsin 9:22 into the second. Linus Weissbach added a power-play tally before the middle period was over. Max Zimmer closed out scoring 16:22 into the third for his second of the night after potting the game's first goal.
"It's within this team to play better," added Shawhan. "Our forwards are our strength right now, and they need to help our young defense. It's up to the group to play better, and it's my job to get that out of them."
The Badgers outshot the Huskies 40-26. Tech goaltender Matt Jurusik made 34 saves. Tech's first shot of the night by Reitmeier got by Lebedeff but he finished with 24 saves.
The teams combined for 17 penalties, totaling 53 minutes. Tech was 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Huskies continue their eight-game road trip next weekend at Alabama Huntsville to begin WCHA play.