The five minute overtime started with the same intensity as the first period but at the end of the “fourth period” both teams still remained tied. As the fifth period, three-on-three began, it was Michigan’s three star players out on the ice that lead to a quick goal by Josh Norris with the assist from Quinn Hughes. After two overtimes, Michigan Hockey took home the win against the Badgers and got ready to play them again the next night.
Saturday night at Yost started with Michigan’s top line on the ice. They now had their starting forward, Jake Slaker, who was injured on Friday night and had not dressed for the game. Wisconsin had their back up goalie, Daniel Lebedeef, starting in net. The first period was dominated by Wisconsin, who got the goal off of Michigan’s first penalty. Defenseman, Ty Emberson, got the goal in the powerplay for the Badgers. With the second period underway, Wisconsin continued off of their first-period momentum and scored another goal, from a blue-line slap shot by Jack Gorniak. With the score 2-0 Wisconsin, Jack Becker got the quick rebound off Lebedeef, making the score 2-1 with Michigan trailing into the third. With the third period underway, Michigan got a lucky breakaway and scored another goal tying the score at 2-2. This goal was scored by Luke Morgan, his first of his career here with the Wolverines.
As the buzzer went off to signal the end of the third period, the game was tied yet again. As the first overtime started, both teams had shots on net but both Lavigne and Lebedeef were ready to compete. This caused the two teams to enter double over time for the second night in a row. However, the Hughes, Lockwood, and Norris line could not do what the did the night before and were unable to score a quick goal in the three-v-three. Both teams were unable to score in the fifth period overtime causing this game to enter a third and final overtime, a shootout, with sudden death elimination. Both Hughes and Lockwood shot for Michigan but were unable to secure the overtime win. The Badger’s third shooter, Max Zimmer, had the hard top-shelf slapshot goal, to lead to the triple overtime win.
However, in college hockey when a game enters triple overtime, the match will go on both teams records as a tie, but the winner of the shootout gets the extra point for the Big Ten. The Wolverines remain number 14 in the USA college hockey polls. Overall, Michigan hockey played well and will continue to move forward as they play their brother-rival, Michigan State this upcoming weekend.
Written by Vanessa Litchard