Wisconsin had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-2 win over St. Louis.
Jake McNamara had two goals and one assist to lead Wisconsin. McNamara scored the first of his two goals at 14:58 into the first period to make the score 3-0 Wisconsin. Ben Ratner picked up the assist. McNamara\’s next tally made the score 5-1 Wisconsin with 1:56 left in the second period. Wisconsin had taken the advantage when St. Louis\’ Sam Maddox got sent off for hooking. Austin Lewis provided the assist.
Wisconsin pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 18 penalty minutes.
Wisconsin\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on six St. Louis power plays. Wisconsin\’s offense rang up 32 shots on St. Louis\’ net. Wisconsin found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Wisconsin averages 2.9 goals per game. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Wisconsin additionally got points from Ratner, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Ethan Luck, who also registered one goal and two assists, and Taylor Dickert, who also finished with two goals and three assists to lead the team in points. Wisconsin also got a goal from Thomas Hanson as well. In addition, Wisconsin received assists from Caleb Vosters and Russel Barone, who each chipped in one.
St. Louis\’ offense operated below its season average. St. Louis puts an average of 5.5 pucks into the net per game. St. Louis forced Wisconsin goalie Max McConnell to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots. St. Louis could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
St. Louis was led by Frankie Melton, who had two goals. Melton scored the first of his two goals at 16:22 into the second period to make the score 4-1 Wisconsin. Dominic Caito assisted on the tally. Melton\’s next tally made the score 6-2 Wisconsin with 14:38 left in the third period. Austin Dempski picked up the assist.
Max McConnell made 32 saves for Wisconsin on 34 shots. Wisconsin registered two goals on four power play opportunities. Zach Young rejected 25 shots on goal for St. Louis.