The Badgers won the Big Ten championship in the final game of the regular season in East Lansing, Michigan.
Robbie Beydoun, playing in his home state, makes 28 saves as the Badgers keep the heat on Minnesota in the chase for the Big Ten title.
The Badgers opened the final series of the regular season with a victory at Munn Ice Arena.
They have combined for a .934 save percentage and 8-1-1 record in alternating starts over the past five weeks.
A four-goal second period by the Wolverines was the difference after the Badgers took the lead.
Cole Caufield broke a tie with seven minutes remaining and Dylan Holloway figured in two goals in the following 2:18 as Wisconsin beat Minnesota 4-1.
Robbie Beydoun stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season.
The Badgers took the first game of the series against the Spartans at LaBahn Arena.
Rowe has had to face a five-minute penalty kill in two of the three games he has started.
The Badgers outshot the Gophers but paid the price for turnovers, a slow line change and a bad penalty.
Beydoun made 35 saves as the Badgers knocked off the Gophers in their first game since Dec. 4.
Robbie Beydoun made 35 saves as the Badgers handed the Gophers their first loss of the season.
The Badgers men's team has 25 players on the roster this season, which is tied for the smallest group in the last 10 years but isn't wildly off the average of the previous nine (26.7).
Combining a couple related questions here. Cameron Rowe's performance after replacing Robbie Beydoun in Thursday's game at Ohio State and then starting on Friday might have shifted the dials for the series at Michigan State if it hadn't been postponed. Before the games were chalked off, I asked Tony Granato about the goaltending situation in the wake of Rowe's play, which ended up earning him the Big Ten's second star. Granato said he hadn't made any final decisions but was leaning toward Rowe starting the opener.
Freshman goalie Cameron Rowe won his first start for the Badgers last Friday at Ohio State.
The Badgers have lost all three games since four forwards became unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol.
Sophomore Jax Murray scored his first two collegiate goals for the Sun Devils as the Badgers fell to .500.
The Badgers were missing five forwards, one of whom sources said was held out because of a positive COVID-19 test and three others who were close contacts.
Robbie Beydoun made a career-high 49 saves for the Badgers.
Robbie Beydoun made 49 saves in the Badgers victory.
Senior defenseman Tyler Inamoto is averaging 4.5 blocks per game and the team's average also is up from last season.
With a home series against Penn State on Monday and Tuesday, the Badgers are scheduled for four games in six days for the first time in more than 31 years.
Missing their top two centers, the Badgers nearly emerged with a split against the sixth-ranked Wolverines.
Already high expectations for the talent-heavy Wolverines jumped last weekend after they thrashed Arizona State in two games.
Robbie Beydoun was named the Big Ten's second star of the week after he opened the season with a 25-save shutout at Notre Dame last Friday.