COLUMBUS, Ohio — Max Zimmer's power-play goal with 5:09 remaining lifted the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team to a 3-2 victory against No. 10 Ohio State on Friday at Value City Arena. The Badgers improved to 4-1 in their last five games and eliminated the Buckeyes from Big Ten championship contention.
No. 3: Alex Turcotte had a goal and an assist for the Badgers.
No. 2: Daniel Lebedeff stopped 35 shots for UW.
No. 1: Zimmer scored his third goal in the last two games and his sixth in his last seven.
The Badgers and the Buckeyes close the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team doesn't have anything to play for in the Big Ten Conference standings, but it can do damage to No. 10 Ohio State's title hopes when the teams play Friday at Value City Arena (5 p.m., BTN, FoxSports.com, 1310 AM).
A Badgers victory would knock the Buckeyes out of contention for first place and the first-round playoff bye that comes with the No. 1 seed. Ohio State is tied with Minnesota for second place, four points behind idle Penn State.
UW, however, has lost its last four games at Value City Arena by a combined score of 17-3. Two of the losses have been by shutout.
The Badgers are locked into the seventh and last spot in the Big Ten standings, but the three series around the league this weekend will determine where they play a best-of-three playoff series next week.
Badgers (13-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten)
Dylan Holloway - Ty Pelton-Byce - Cole Caufield
Max Zimmer - Tarek Baker - Ryder Donovan
Roman Ahcan - Alex Turcotte - Linus Weissbach
Jack Gorniak - Owen Lindmark - Brock Caufield
Wyatt Kalynuk - Ty Emberson
K'Andre Miller - Mike Vorlicky
Josh Ess - Tyler Inamoto
Buckeyes (18-10-4, 11-8-3-1)
Tate Singleton - Tanner Laczynski - Carson Meyer
Gustaf Westlund - Ronnie Hein - Jaedon Leslie
Miguel Fidler - Eugene Fadyeyev - Quinn Preston
Austin Pooley - Matthew Jennings - Collin Peters
Gordi Myer - Grant Gabriele
Layton Ahac - Wyatt Ege
Ryan O'Connell - Matt Miller
Referees: Brian Aaron and Brett DesRosiers