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Michigan Cruises To The Semis

The Wolverines had no trouble handling the Badgers in the Big Ten opener.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan 5 - Wisconsin 1

Joel Rumpel held the Badgers in this game for at least a little while, but eventually the Wolverines proved to be too much for the young Wisconsin squad.

Zach Hyman broke the scoring open with five minutes left in the 1st period, becoming the first Wolverine to reach 50 points in a season since Carl Hagelin in 2009. Andrew Sinelli would add a goal to start the second period and that pretty much put the game out of reach.

From there the Hyman-Larkin duo would net two more goals and set up Justin Selman for their 5th to coast to an easy win.

With a 4 point night Larkin moved up to 47 points on the year, more as a freshman than the likes of Mike Comrie, Mark Kosick and TJ Hensick. Safe to say he's having one of the greatest freshman seasons in the history of the program.

Steve Racine got the start in net and stopped 28 shots. Jedd Soleway got the Badgers within two goals scoring midway through the 3rd, but Racine shut the door on a crucial 5-on-3 to keep his goals allowed at 1 for the night.

"But we were fortunate. I thought we were opportunistic and our goalie played well. Our penalty killers played well. And you'd say it was a good team effort. That's a game that is kind of a trap game." Berenson noted postgame "Wisconsin has had a tough season. And you knew they're capable if they got it going to surprise or upset anybody. And so I'm glad we got away with the win"

Up Next: A rematch against Michigan State, tomorrow at 8:00pm.