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John Lethemon made 30 saves for his second straight shutout against the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, and Michigan State defeated the Badgers 2-0 on Friday at the Kohl Center.

Three stars

No. 3: Michigan State's Mitchell Lewandowski scored his 12th goal of the season on a second-period power play.

No. 2: Kyle Hayton made 19 saves for the Badgers and allowed only one goal.

No. 1: Spartans goalie John Lethemon has UW's number right now.

Up next

The Badgers and the Spartans close their four-game regular-season series at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pregame

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team starts the second half of the Big Ten Conference schedule Friday night against Michigan State (7 p.m., no TV, BTN Plus pay stream, 1310 AM), and it needs to start racking up victories if it wants to secure home ice for the playoffs.

The regular-season champion gets a first-round bye in the three-round Big Ten playoffs, while the second, third and fourth seeds host first-round series.

The Badgers, who are winless in four games, are tied with Minnesota for fourth place with 14 points through 12 contests.

See the lineups for Friday night's game below the live blog.

Badgers (10-10-3, 4-6-2 Big Ten)

Forwards

Matt Ustaski - Trent Frederic - Ryan Wagner

Cameron Hughes - Seamus Malone - Will Johnson

Linus Weissbach - Tarek Baker - Sean Dhooghe

Max Zimmer - Jason Ford - Jason Dhooghe

Defensemen

Peter Tischke - Josh Ess

Wyatt Kalynuk - Jake Linhart

Tyler Inamoto - JD Greenway

Goaltenders

Kyle Hayton

Jack Berry

Johan Blomquist

Spartans (8-13-1, 2-9-1-1)

Forwards

Taro Hirose - Patrick Khodorenko - Mitchell Lewandowski

Jake Smith - Cody Milan - Sam Saliba

Logan Lambdin - Tommy Apap - Brody Stevens

Austin Kamer - Gianluca Esteves - David Keefer

Defensemen

Carson Gatt - Tommy Miller

Jerad Rosburg - Mitch Eliot

Butrus Ghafari - Zach Osburn

Goaltenders

John Lethemon

Ed Minney

Spencer Wright 

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