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Michigan took care of business early and earned a road sweep over the Badgers

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Michigan 6 - Wisconsin 0

For the first time in quite a while there was no wild eight goal period, no trading goals and no upset watch. The Wolverines finally put together a 60 minute effort on both ends of the ice. "I just think we took more pride in our defensive zone" Zach Werenski said after the game.

"We knew they would push back after last night. I thought our team was focused and prepared. To score the first goal was huge and then another one right away in the first five minutes. That kind of set the tone." Berenson added.

The Wolverines opened the scoring within two minutes of the game first on an odd angle shot from Larkin. Hyman would add the second a minute later, his 7th consecutive game with a goal. Tony Calderone and Zach Werenski would add two more before the end of the first period. The Badgers changed goaltenders after the Hyman goal and the rout was on. A second goal from Hyman and Werenski later finished off an offensive explosion that actually lowered the team goal per game average.

Wisconsin never was a threat in this game, only able to muster four shots in the first period and 5 in the second. On the night Michigan finished with 44 to the Badgers 17 with Zach Nagelvoort earning his 1st Big Ten shutout and a much needed boost for a position in flux for much of the season.

Hyman and Larkin continue scoring at will, but Justin Selman has been the unsung hero for so many games that he shouldn't be flying under the radar anymore. Selman added two assists tonight for his 3rd consecutive multi-point game. He's got 7 points in his last 3 games and has set a new career high with 11 on the season.

The Wolverines improve to 3-0-0 on their 8 game road trip and get Michigan next at Joe Louis, then the Spartans again in Chicago.