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Kyle Hayton joins three other former Badgers players on the Milwaukee Admirals' roster.

JOHN HART, State Journal

Former University of Wisconsin men's hockey goalie Kyle Hayton will finish the season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Hayton, who played his senior season with the Badgers in 2017-18, signed an amateur tryout contract with the Admirals this week.

The NHL's Nashville Predators earlier this week recalled Admirals starter Anders Lindback. Milwaukee, which is out of the playoff picture, needed another goalie for the final two games.

Hayton is expected to be in the lineup but not start Friday night when Milwaukee plays at Iowa. The Admirals close the season Saturday at home against the Wild.

The Admirals' roster has three other former UW players: forward Mark Zengerle and defensemen Jack Dougherty and John Ramage.

After three seasons at St. Lawrence, Hayton made a graduate transfer to the Badgers for his final year of eligibility. He arrived with high expectations as a second-team All-American in 2016-17 but struggled to keep the starting position.

In 27 games, he was 9-12-3 with a .890 save percentage and 3.09 goals-against average.

Hayton was the sixth of eight seniors to sign a contract with a pro team since the Badgers' season ended March 3 with a 14-19-4 record. He joined forwards Ryan Wagner (Chicago, AHL), Matt Ustaski (Jacksonville, ECHL) and Cameron Hughes (Boston, NHL, but playing with Providence, AHL) and defensemen Jake Linhart (Rochester, AHL) and Tim Davison (South Carolina, ECHL) as seniors signing.

Sophomore Trent Frederic signed with the Boston Bruins and is finishing the season with the NHL team's AHL affiliate in Providence.

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