The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will have a new captain next season after junior defenseman Ty Emberson signed with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.
Emberson first is headed to play with the Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate in Tucson after signing a three-year, entry-level contract that starts with the remainder of this season.
The Badgers were prepared for the possibility that Emberson, a third-round pick in 2018, would sign after this season. They have three defensemen signed to enter as freshmen next season: Corson Ceulemans, Jacob Martin and Daniel Laatsch. Seniors Tyler Inamoto and Josh Ess also could return for a bonus season of eligibility.
Emberson, 20, and the rest of the Badgers' leadership group was credited with keeping the team positive through adversity this season. UW won its first conference regular-season championship in 21 years and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.
Emberson, a physical defenseman, led the Badgers in plus/minus at plus-14 this season. He finished with nine goals and 34 points in 101 career games for UW.
His long pass up ice in overtime of the Big Ten semifinal game against Penn State on March 15 set up Cole Caufield's breakaway goal. He also scored two goals in an 8-1 victory at Minnesota on Feb. 6.
Emberson joined sophomore right wing Cole Caufield in signing a pro contract before completing four seasons with the Badgers. Senior center Ty Pelton-Byce and left wing Linus Weissbach have passed up the chance to return for a fifth collegiate season to sign.
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Ty Pelton-Byce scored twice for the Badgers, including the tying goal with 26.8 seconds left after UW let two third-period leads slip away.
Coach Tony Granato went down the lineup in handing out individual laurels for good chances created, hits dished out or composed plays in the defensive zone.
The Badgers erase the sour taste of their largest loss of the season with their first victory at Michigan in their past eight tries.
A four-goal second period by the Wolverines was the difference after the Badgers took the lead.
No. 11 UW is alone atop the conference standings after completing its first series sweep at Minnesota in 12 years with an emphatic 8-1 victory against the second-ranked Golden Gophers.
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.
Cole Caufield scores two goals for the second straight game and Linus Weissbach records his first three-point game of the season.
Robbie Beydoun stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, the Badgers couldn't pull all the way back with a late push.
The Badgers scored two power-play goals to win at Penn State for the first time in five tries.
A third-period penalty kill was "probably the biggest five minutes of our season so far," Badgers coach Tony Granato said.
UW freshman Cameron Rowe makes 11 saves for his first shutout.
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.
Cameron Rowe made 40 saves in his first collegiate start as the Badgers split a series at the Buckeyes.
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.
Caufield had his second hat trick for the Badgers and Tarek Baker scored a key short-handed goal.
Robbie Beydoun made a career-high 49 saves for the Badgers.
Missing their top two centers, the Badgers nearly emerged with a split against the sixth-ranked Wolverines.
The Wolverines scored three times in the final 5 minutes, 22 seconds of the second period to turn a deficit into a two-goal lead going into the intermission.
Dylan Holloway's third-period goal put the Badgers ahead for good after they lost two-goal and one-goal leads.
Linus Weissbach helped provide the offense and Robbie Beydoun was a stable presence in goal in the Badgers' 2-0 victory over No. 20 Notre Dame.
Holloway scored twice on the power play to lead the Badgers past the Buckeyes.
If a 7-0 victory against Ohio State at LaBahn Arena was Cole Caufield's last time playing at home for the Badgers, it was the kind of effort UW fans will want to remember him by.
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.
Cole Caufield scores twice to give the Badgers a 2-1 victory at Michigan State and the Big Ten title on the final day of the regular season.
Cole Caufield scored his 27th goal of the season 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the extra session to send the fifth-ranked Badgers past the Nittany Lions 4-3 on Monday in the Big Ten semifinals.
The Badgers paid for a lackluster effort in the second period as the Gophers beat UW for the first time in six championship-round games.
Bemidji State was the aggressor from the beginning and kept UW from playing the brand of hockey it has used to generate scoring chances.