Michigan State's John Lethemon made 39 saves for his second shutout of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team in three games this season, and the Spartans took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference with a 4-0 victory over the last-place Badgers on Friday at the Kohl Center.
No. 3: Tommy Apap scored in the second period to give the Spartans the lead.
No. 2: Jerad Rosburg scored twice and added an assist.
No. 1: Lethemon gave the Badgers nothing to work with.
The Badgers host the Spartans at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is without two of its six regular defensemen for the opener of a Big Ten Conference series against No. 20 Michigan State on Friday (8 p.m., ESPNU, 1070 AM).
Ty Emberson and Mike Vorlicky are out with lower-body injuries and have been replaced by Jesper Peltonen (fourth game of the season) and Shay Donovan (first collegiate appearance). Forward Max Zimmer also is out with a lower-body injury.
The Badgers are winless in their last four games against the Spartans (0-3-1). UW hasn't had a longer drought since an eight-game losing streak to the Spartans from March 5, 1975, to Nov. 19, 1976.
Badgers (8-11-1, 3-8-1-1 Big Ten)
Linus Weissbach - Alex Turcotte - Cole Caufield
Roman Ahcan - Ty Pelton-Byce - Owen Lindmark
Dylan Holloway - Tarek Baker - Sean Dhooghe
Jack Gorniak - Dominick Mersch - Ryder Donovan
Wyatt Kalynuk - Tyler Inamoto
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K'Andre Miller - Josh Ess
Jesper Peltonen - Shay Donovan
Spartans (11-10-1, 7-4-1-0)
Mitchell Lewandowski - Patrick Khodorenko - Sam Saliba
Jagger Joshua - Josh Nodler - Logan Lambdin
Gianluca Esteves - Tommy Apap - Brody Stevens
Adam Goodsir - Mitchell Mattson - Nicolas Müller
Jerad Rosburg - Dennis Cesana
Christian Krygier - Cole Krygier
Butrus Ghafari - Tommy Miller
Referees: Ken Anderson, Cameron Lynch
Linesmen: Matt Gerlach, Sam Shikowsky