The Badgers played a conference game for the first time in over a month on Friday night, renewing a very old rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines. A crowd of 9,499 witnessed history as the Badgers' Michael Mersch recorded the school's first ever hat trick in Big Ten play, leading Wisconsin to an entertaining 5-2 victory over No. 8 Michigan.
One has to wonder where Wisconsin hockey would be without the goal poaching of Michael Mersch, and on Friday his importance was on full display. He bookend the game and the middle goal proved vitally important to Wisconsin.
"The last goal was a goal-scorers goal," head coach Mike Eaves said following the game. "Being on the off wing and finding that far side. You know what, goal scorers love to score goals, and when they get on a roll, that's a good thing. Ride that wave as long as you can. I think he hadn't scored in three games, so maybe he's back on that roll again."