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The Badgers haven't recorded a come-from-behind victory in their first 13 games of the 2017-18 season.

Comeback victories have been elusive for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team this season.

The Badgers have trailed in five of their 13 games and have lost all five.

That's on the heels of rallies from a deficit fueling eight of UW's 20 victories in 2016-17.

Last Saturday's 2-0 loss at Michigan State marked the longest that the Badgers have been in a deficit in any game this season. The Spartans led for the final 41 minutes, 53 seconds after scoring a power-play goal late in the first period.

UW also trailed for more than 41 minutes in an overtime loss to Northern Michigan on Oct. 20 and for more than 31 minutes in a defeat to St. Lawrence on Oct. 28.

Ohio State and North Dakota took the lead for the first time in the second half of the third period of the Badgers' other two losses.

Associate head coach Mark Osiecki said there hasn't been a noticeable change in UW's play when it's trailing, other than when things get more desperate toward the end of regulation.

"I think it's inevitable, though, if you score a goal or two or three and you're up, you're going to play a lot more confidently," he said. "I think that's just something that is going to grow as a team as we keep on growing as a group here in our confidence level in our abilities to just continue to play, no matter what the score is."

UW is the only Big Ten Conference team that hasn't rallied from a deficit for a victory this season.

Recruits get gold

Two Badgers recruits earned gold medals at the World Under-17 Challenge on Sunday when the United States beat Canada Red 6-4.

Centers Alex Turcotte and Owen Lindmark, members of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-17 squad, both contributed to the Americans' title run.

Turcotte had three goals and six points in six games, while Lindmark posted two goals and three points.

They've given oral commitments to join the Badgers, likely in 2019.

Stevens Point native Cole Caufield, a heavily sought player since he and his brother, Brock, decommitted earlier this year, was named to the tournament's all-star team. He scored eight goals — including three in the championship game — and added five assists in six contests.

Signed, sealed, delivered

Eight players have signed to join the Badgers next season, according to their junior teams.

Forwards Dominick Mersch, Mick Messner and Sampo Ranta, defensemen Christian and Cole Krygier and goaltender Daniel Lebedeff have been confirmed as in the signing class.

Defensemen Ty Emberson and K'Andre Miller of the U.S. Under-18 Team were due to sign on Tuesday after returning from the Five Nations Tournament in Finland, according to a USA Hockey spokesperson.

The Badgers, who haven't yet announced the signings, have eight seniors on this year's roster — four forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.