Although Boston College (0-1-1) outshot the Badgers, 31-22, Wisconsin (3-1-0, 1-1-0-0 Big Ten) goaltender Kyle Hayton made a season-high 29 saves to backstop his team to a win.
Sophomore forward Trent Frederic opened the scoring 17:17 into the first period, one timing a pass from freshman Linus Weissbach at the top of the circles and over goaltender Joseph Woll for the 1-0 lead.
BC tied the game up at one apiece before the first period expired, scoring on the man-advantage, but Wisconsin returned to the ice and dominated period two, scoring two unanswered goals in the frame to take a 3-1 lead.
Senior Tim Davison put Wisconsin up 2-1 just a minute and 13 seconds into the second stanza, catching Woll off guard when he sent a shot on goal after a faceoff win that deflected into the top right corner of the goal. Seamus Malone would add to the UW lead just after the 12-minute mark, sneaking in all alone at the back door and tapping in a pass from Will Johnson.
Matt Freytag opened up a three-goal lead early in the third, sending a wrister past Woll from the left faceoff dot.
Boston College’s Grando closed in on the Badgers’ lead with a goal at the 10:59 mark, but Wisconsin freshman Tarek Baker scored his third goal of the season, into an empty net, with less than a minute to play to seal the 5-2 UW victory.
Notes to Know
- Freshman Tarek Baker led the Badgers with two points, scoring a goal and adding an assist on Tim Davison‘s goal
- Sophomore Trent Frederic has recorded at least one point in each of Wisconsin’s four games so far.
- Senior Kyle Hayton made a season-high 29 stops for a .935 save percentage
- Wisconsin out-blocked BC 13-9, led by junior Peter Tischke with 4 blocks. Freshman Wyatt Kalynuk also added three blocks of his own.
- The win snapped a four-game losing streak at BC for the Badgers dating back to October 2000.
Straight from the Rink
Head coach Tony Granato
On defensive-zone turnovers:
“I think Kyle (Hayton) played great, that’s a fast team that causes turnovers because of their speed and quickness. We did make some mistakes that you’d like to clean up, but Kyle was there to cover for us. I thought our D was outstanding too. I thought our group of D played really well. We made some plays in the offensive zone obviously, especially in the second period to get that lead. I was happy with our effort. I was happy with a lot of parts of our game.
“Just a few weeks into the season, you’re always going to look for different areas of the game that you think you can get better at. One that you mentioned is change of possession, and we were a little bit sloppy, but we got away with it. There’s going to be turnovers in a game, let’s face it, especially with how hard and the pace that both of these teams play with.”
On getting scoring from all four lines:
“I thought Freytag, that line with Zimmer and Ford, were outstanding and probably our most consistent line that played the best and smartest road game. That was very encouraging, I thought they were a big factor in the game.”
On Kyle Hayton:
“When you recruit, you have some uncertainty how they’re going to make the adjustment from juniors or high school or wherever they come from to college hockey. We knew that he was very experienced and we knew he was a successful college goalie as far as his numbers were. Really since the day he’s been on campus, his competitiveness and his confidence makes our team feel better when he’s in our net. He was a great find for us.”
On putting freshman Tarek Baker out at the end of the game:
“[He wins] faceoffs, solid shot blocker, reliable. He’s earned that. That’s what we talked about last week. If we could play him more, we would. But he’s reliable, you know what you’re going to get, you know how hard he’s going to compete and battle, you know he’ll make a big shot block when that’s needed. He has deserved that, and it’s nice to see him be rewarded with the empty-netter.”
Senior goaltender Kyle Hayton
On the game overall:
“I think we battled hard, it’s always hard to win on the road. The D corps was unbelievable tonight. They played really well and the forwards got some goals so that was huge.”
On adjusting to BC’s speed:
“I think we just stuck to our game plan and played Wisconsin hockey. We had to play to their speed, obviously we adjusted to it in-game. Just the way they play and the way we’re gapping up on defense. I have to be ready at all times with their speed.”
Wisconsin closes out its trip east with a game at Merrimack College at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game can be streamed at MerrimackAthletics.com and will broadcast on 1070 WTSO.