EAST LANSING, Mich. — John Lethemon made 38 saves to shut down the No. 7 University of Wisconsin men's hockey team in Michigan State's 2-0 victory at Munn Ice Arena. The Badgers outshot the Spartans 38-17 but weren't happy with the quality of their chances.
No. 3: First-line center Patrick Khodorenko started quick passing plays that led to both Spartans goals.
No. 2: Top-line left wing Taro Hirose got the primary assists on those goals with some nice passes of his own.
No. 1: John Lethemon's road to a second collegiate shutout started with a busy first period.
The Badgers return home for the next four games, starting with a series against Michigan on Friday and Saturday.
After 107 games, the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team and Michigan State go into Saturday's Big Ten Conference contest (6 p.m., no TV, BTN Plus pay stream, 1070 AM) back where they started 53 years ago.
The Badgers and the Spartans are even in the all-time series (52-52-3) for only the second time since they started playing in 1964. A UW victory on Saturday would be not only an unprecedented sixth straight over Michigan State, it would put the Badgers in the series lead for the first time.
UW will be looking to play more like it did in the first and third periods of Friday's 6-3 victory and less like it did in the second, when the game started to slip away.
There was some doubt on whether Kyle Hayton would get the start in goal again Saturday, but he's listed first on the line chart so it appears that'll be the case. He allowed three goals on 17 shots on Friday.
Badgers (7-4-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Linus Weissbach - Trent Frederic - Ryan Wagner
Cameron Hughes - Seamus Malone - Will Johnson
Matthew Freytag - Tarek Baker - Sean Dhooghe
Matt Ustaski - Jarod Zirbel - Jason Dhooghe
Peter Tischke - Josh Ess
Wyatt Kalynuk - Jake Linhart
Tim Davison - Tyler Inamoto
Spartans (4-5, 0-3)
Taro Hirose - Patrick Khodorenko - Mitchell Lewandowski
Logan Lambdin - Sam Saliba - Cody Milan
Brennan Sanford - Tommy Apap - David Keefer
Jake Smith - Austin Kamer - Brody Stevens
Carson Gatt - Tommy Miller
Jerad Rosburg - Mitch Eliot
Anthony Scarsella - Zach Osburn