Mark Zengerle’s rebound goal in overtime lifted Wisconsin to a 5-4 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night in the inaugural Big Ten hockey championship game, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles each had two assists, and the Badgers (24-10-2) won for the 10th time in 12 games. This one required a serious rally as Wisconsin trailed 4-2 with 6:52 remaining in regulation after Tanner Fritz scored for the Buckeyes.
Wisconsin left the WCHA with quite a souvenir. Now the Badgers need four more wins to get a bigger prize that seemed so improbable last month.
Wisconsin is surging out of the WCHA. One more win would send the Badgers to the tournament they truly want to win.
Bemidji State goalie Mathieu Dugas made three of his 38 saves in overtime as the Beavers earned a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.